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Saint Maries

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St. Maries (pronounced like "St. Mary's") is a city in north central Idaho, the largest in rural Benewah County and its county seat. Its population was 2,402 at the 2010 census, down from 2,652 in 2000.GeographySt. Maries is located at.According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.10sqmi, all of it land. The St. Maries River to the east and the St. Joe River to the north frame the city, at an elevation of above sea level.HistoryThe townsite was selected by Joseph Fisher, just southwest of the confluence of the two rivers, to provide a good place for a sawmill, first built in 1889. The rivers and lake systems provided rapid transportation systems for floating logs to the mills and utilizing steamboats to transport finish products to markets. From the city, the St. Joe River flows west, through several lakes and into the south end of Lake Coeur d'Alene. The city was established in 1913 and when Benewah County was formed from southern Kootenai County in 1915, St. Maries was named its county seat. The city's centennial celebration is scheduled for 2013.
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