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City of Hauser
11837 N. Hauser Lake Rd.
Hauser, Idaho  83854
(208) 777-9315
(208) 457-8457 (fax)

Our lake has not always been known as Hauser Lake. Old maps show that our lake has had three other names: Mud, Mudd and Sucker Lake.  So who was Hauser?

Sometime after the gold and silver strikes in north Idaho, Daniel Corbin at the request of his good friend and governor of Montana, Samuel T. Hauser, came to north Idaho to look into the possibility of building a railroad into the Coeur d'Alene mining district.

Corbin built a branch line on the Northern Pacific Railroad, which is now Hauser Junction.  The line went through what is now Post Falls and on to the steamboat docks in Coeur d'Alene.

Completed in 1886, it was approximately 13 miles long and was called Spokane Falls and Idaho Railroad.  It is believed that Hauser Junction was named at the time the branch was completed by Daniel Chase Corbin in honor of his good friend and business partner who was appointed governor of Montana Territory in 1885 by President Cleveland. 

Samuel Thomas Hauser, born January 10, 1833, died in 1914. It would then follow that the lake and the Village would be named Hauser.  Hauser Lake Village was incorporated May 12, 1947.  Sometime later the State said, "Those who call themselves villages shall now call themselves cities". 

The village was the fifth new village in Kootenai County after Idaho enacted new laws governing slot machine operations and regulating liquor-by-the-drink. Trustees who were appointed were Charles Eisenhauer, Melvin Amundson, John Nelson, Walter Ness and Ronald Blanchard.  Blanchard was chosen chairman, Howard G. Miner, clerk of the board, and Lucile Nelson, Treasurer.

Information gathered by Olita Johnston, Historian.


Last modified: 05/17/2010