"Adams County was named for John Adams, the second President of the United States. The western boundary of the county is the Hells Canyon of the Snake. Powerhouses of the Oxbow and Hells Canyon dams of the Idaho Power Company are in Adams County. Council Valley was a meeting place for all the councils of the Nez Perce and Shoshoni Indians. The village of Council was incorporated in 1903. Packer John's Cabin, where the first Democratic Convention in the Idaho Territory was held, is in Meadows Valley just off Highway 55. Mines were developed in the 1880's and 1890's, but the mining boom died in the early 1900's. About 20 percent of Adams County includes the famous Seven Devils Mountains, noted for their ruggedness and grandeur." - "The Idaho Almanac," 1977 Edition, State of Idaho. map from almanac

Map from ISU Digital Atlas


Adams County Index

Historic Post Offices
Hawley's History, 1920
Women Homesteaders on the Payette National Forest


boy with cubs

(unknown details, from postcard auction site)

"Highway 95 passes through Indian Valley and climbs Mesa Hill thirteen miles north of Cambridge. The road cuts through what was once among a half a dozen largest fruit farms under single management in the world: Mesa Orchards Company." - Cort Conley. Idaho for the Curious/A Guide. Backeddy Books, Cambridge, Idaho. 1982.

"Mesa Orchards, Milepost 128. For more than half a century after 1910, an exceptionally large apple orchard covered these hills around Mesa. An eight-mile wooden flume brought water to these slopes. Chicago and other distant investors bought ten-acre shares in an orchard company to pay for this expensive 1,500-acre project. A town for 50 orchard workers was built here, and a 3 1/2-mile gravity tram hauled apples to the railroad siding below Mesa. This ambitious operation lasted until 1967. Sign number: 374." - "Idaho Highway Historical Marker Guide."



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