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A pony express route was established in the late 1860's connecting Walla Walla, Washington, with Missoula, Montana. The route entered Kootenai Country at Stateline (ID/WA), then proceeded notheast to the relay station at Rathdrum, ID. Then to Steamboat landing at the south end of Lake Pen Oreille. Charles Westley Wood was a pony rider for five years on this route.

He married the daughter of Fredrick Post who owned the area around the relay station, which he bought and became a founding father of the city of Rathdrum, Idaho. Fredrick Post became the founding father of Post Falls, Idaho. Originally the town was named Westwood after Charles Westley Wood.

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Information provided by Kris Storey, Member of the Rathdrum/Westwood Historical Society, May 2004.

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