There is a legend that Spirit Lake in North Idaho is haunted. Here is the story according to a local historian...
Legend and History of Spirit Lake, Idaho
By Marianne Hesley
Legend has it that our lake was once called "Clear Water." A romantic story experienced by the Kootenay (Water People) Indians who lived on the shores of the unique lake influenced them into changing the name to "Tesemini" or "Lake of the Spirits."
Hyas-Tyee-Skookum-Tum-Tum (Good Chieftains) of the Kootenai Tribe had a lovely daughter, Hya-Pam (Fearless Running Water) who loved a kootenay Brave, Hasht-Eel-Ame-Hoom (Shining Eagle). Hostile tribes lived east of here, governed by an ancient chief, Pu-Pu-Mox-Mox (Yellow Serpent). He threatened war on the Kootenays if he was not allowed to wed Hya-Pam. To avert war, Hya-Pam's father consented to the marriage.
The Indian Maid and her Brave were dismayed and vowed their eternal love. Binding themselves together with the 'marriage chain of rushes' they leaped into the lake from Suicide Cliff. As the lovers were never found, folklore tells us that on a moonlit night, when the wind is still, you may see their shadowy silhouettes as they drift across the lake in a phantom canoe. As the lake ice floes melt and grind together in springtime, weird, mournful and haunting sounds are heard, are these the cries of the Indian lovers as they seek release from the Lake of the Spirits?
December 15th, 2019
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