Estar Holmes

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B.A. Liberal Arts/Native American Studies, The Evergreen State College, 1995


South Lake Coeur d'Alene Alternative


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Biographical Note

Estar Holmes has a creative services business on the southeast shore of Lake Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. She grew up in Greenwich Village, where her mother, Lilo Mickley, acted at Washington Players Studio and worked as a waitress. Estar attended the HS of Art and Design and Art Student’s League in Manhattan. She went on to learn the art of leather design at the Karmacy Leather Shoppe in San Diego, which is also when she became a frugalista/minimalist. After Evergreen she started freelance writing and worked as an organizer for Dawn Watch. Several jobs later, she started South Lake Promotions, Inc., for which she does writing, graphic design, photography, and publicity.

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Publication Types

Non-Fiction, Journalism

Latest Publication Title

Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes Unofficial Guidebook, 2011

Additional Publications

The Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes Unofficial Guidebook 2008, 2009 and 2010

"The Troubling Dawn," in Holding Common Ground: The Individual and Public Lands in the American West, Eastern Washington University Press, 2005

Also, numerous articles in Indian Country Today, Out There Monthly, and assorted online sites.

Publication Excerpt

The Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes has been called Idaho’s narrowest park. The 72-mile ribbon of asphalt spans the Idaho Panhandle from Plummer to Mullan, where a Union Pacific railroad line once served the mining industry in the Silver Valley. The entire trail lies within the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s aboriginal territory, which encompasses parts of northern Idaho, eastern Washington and western Montana. You will ride across ancient paths where the first people walked, through spectacular scenery encountered by mountain men, fur traders, Jesuit priests, soldiers, and fortune hunters. The trail connects towns that boomed when silver was discovered in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains, where miners, loggers, and entrepreneurs—many of them first generation immigrants—flocked in search of a better life.