A history of the fifty years of steamboating on the Cocur d'Alene River, Lake and the St. Joe taken in the part that the boats played in the growth and development of the area. When Corbia dreamed up the system of transportation that employed narrow gauge trains and boats to connect with the Northern Pacific Railroad, the great days were on -- when the steamers hauled ore, when the skippers and engineers started from scratch as newer models appeared. With the logging boom and the opening of new settlements, the craft played more important parts in everyone's lives, for there was nothing too little, or big, for their cargoes, their excursions were the playtimes for young and old; the fights between the ""Red Collar"" and ""White Star"" and the races between the boats made for history and local excitement. But railroads and paved roads marked their end. Lumber jacks and river pigs, liquor smuggling, forest fires, wild and woolly times as well normal development are part of the story too. A regional landmark, this should have special northwestern Idaho area appeal.