The name "Couderay" was derived from the name given to the area by French explorers -- Lac Courte Oreilles.
The town owes its birth to the lumber the area provided and the sawmill established near Eddy Creek, at the east end of the modern town.
An early advocate for the town was C.M. Olson, a lumberman and station agent in Couderay. A pamphlet advertising the town was written by Olson.
Once a boomtown, then a quiet village that served as home to many families, Couderay has seen many businesses come and go.
You can get a quick and lengthy education on area history from reading the town's historical markers.