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APCG 2010

APCG 2010 - Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 

The Department of Geography at the University of Idaho is proud to host the 2010 APCG Annual Meeting, which will be held at the Coeur d'Alene Resort in Couer d'Alene, Idaho September 15-18 2010.

Meeting Information

The meeting will begin with an Opening Session on the evening of Wednesday, September 15 followed by a reception and social hour. Field trips will take place on Thursday, September 16.  Following the field trips there will be a lake cruise from 5-7pm on Thursday evening which will be included in the registration fee.  Paper sessions will be on Friday the 17th and Saturday the 18th. The Awards Banquet and Presidential Address will be on the evening of Saturday the 18th.  There will be various opportunities to network and socialize with colleagues, including the President’s Reception and Poster Session and the Woman’s Network Luncheon. Students are encouraged to attend the Saturday night banquet. Indeed, all students who are first author presenters will have the banquet fee waived given the generous donation by William and Marilyn Bowen.

Field Trips
The Great Fires of 1910: The 1910 wildfires of Idaho and Montana sorely tested the newly-created US Forest Service by sweeping over 3 million acres and culminating in the blow-up of August 20-21, 1910. 85 men died in the fires, entire towns were burned off the map, and legends were born among the ruins. This all-day field trip will explore the white pine forests east of Coeur d'Alene to better understand how the fires could have caused such chaos. We'll stop in the town of Wallace, Idaho, which partially burned to the ground, hike to the old mine shaft where the famous ranger Ed Pulaski held 21 men at gunpoint in order to save their lives, and wander along the famous Milwaukee Railroad, the most expensive railroad per-mile ever to be built due to the extensive tunnels and trestles it required. The Milwaukee also served as the only escape route during the fires, and today is remembered through a Rail-to-Trails bike path spanning the Idaho Panhandle. A field trip for the pyrogeographer within you.

Silver Valley:  Just east of Coeur d’Alene, over 4th of July Pass, lies one of the world’s richest silver mining districts.  In its first hundred years of operation, the Coeur d’Alene mining district, AKA “Silver Valley” produced over 45% of total U.S. silver production and over $5 billion in total value, along with major quantities of lead, zinc and other metals.  Stretched along the Osburn fault, over 90 mines, some with depths near 8000 feet, created an underground network of tunnels and shafts extending from Pinehurst to Mullan, creating much of the wealth that helped build Spokane’s finer homes and buildings.  Today the valley is in transition to a recreation based economy based on skiing, bicycling, and heritage tourism, yet mining still survives, supported by a resurgence in metal prices.  We will see the communities of Kellogg, Wallace, Mullan, and possibly a trek up famous Burke Canyon, site of notorious miner vs. Pinkerton battles and where merchants had to roll up their awnings to make room for the trains to pass by every day.  A visit to the largest mine, Hecla’s Lucky Friday may also be possible.

Conference Venue
The Couer d'Alene resort is in located Coeur d'Alene, Idaho dubbed the "Playground of the Northwest". The Couer d'Alene resort is located along the shore of Lake Coeur d'Alene and offers spectacular views of the lake and Coeur d'Alene National Forest in addition to serving as a gateway to a host of activities in the Inland Northwest.

The organizing committee has negotiated some very attractive rates for the meeting at the Couer d'Alene resort.  A lake view Deluxe room is $138/night and a Premier room is $159.  The normal room rates for the same dates would be $299 for a Deluxe room and a Premier room would be $429.  There are a limited number of Deluxe and Premier rooms at the $138 or $158 rate available and so APCG attendees are encouraged to reserve rooms early by calling the resort at 1-800-688-5253 and asking for the special APCG convention rates.

The nearby Spokane metro area, located 30 minutes west of Coeur d'Alene, has a convenient airport.  There will be shuttle service provided for a fee to and from the airport.  The airport also has all of the major car rental services for those who wish to do their own field trips and exploration of our unique area.

We look forward to seeing you in Coeur d'Alene at the 2010 Association of Pacific Coast Geographers Annual Meeting.

Gundars Rudzitis (Conference Coordinator)

If you have any questions, please email the conference planning committee at