Historic Postal Records

Arrowrock
established August 10, 1911, Lettie J. McFadden
Alexander J. Clifton, January 12, 1915
discontinued April 14, 1917, mail to Barber
on Boise River, about 30 miles NE of Boise
near Arrowrock Dam

Banks
established June 5, 1914, Emma H. Banks
Inez V. Banks, November 5, 1914
Edwin J. Peabody, May 22, 1918
Henry Cutler, June 1, 1920
on N. Fork Payette River
14 m. NE of Horseshoe Bend
SW Sec. 33, T9N, R3E

Banner
established June 6, 1878, Donald Grant
Joseph Willson, June 2, 1879
Joseph P. Cummiskey, October 11, 1880
James L Brown, October 9, 1882
Ralph Goodliffe, May 12, 1885
John Brown, June 21, 1890
Asa P. Bovier, August 8, 1892
William G. Barney, September 23, 1893
closed December 28, 1896, mail to Edna
reopened May 4, 1897, Mary Miller
William Bernard (or Barnard) November 16, 1898
closed March 15, 1900, mail to Idaho City
re-opened Francinne Thorne, August 31, 1912
discontinued September 15, 1913, mail to Idaho City.

Boulder
established March 19, 1890 - not commissioned
closed June 3, 1892 "no papers"
reopened by James F. Ryan, February 27, 1895
James R. Duff, April 23, 1895
discontinued July 13, 1895
mail to Idaho City

Brownlee
established March 4, 1904, Eliza Role (rescinded)
Henry Hill, June 22, 1904 (rescinded)
Note: There was also a Brownlee Post Office in Washington County; it looks like some of the records may be mixed together. See Washington County GenWeb 

Centerville
established June 22, 1864, Harry M. Ellsworth
E. K. Button, October 4, 1865
B. F. Duke, May 14, 1866
James B. Duke, July 10, 1866
Peter Joseph Moore, November 12, 1873
Marion F. Waldron, November 11, 1875
Jotham A. Lippincott, June 4, 1887
(note: Boise County sheriff's list shows a Jotham A. Lippeneatt, same person?)
Norman H. Young, December 15, 1890
George T. Young, September 10, 1901
Idaho Hanley, December 23, 1905
Idaho Ternin, October 16, 1906
William H. Herfuith, November 29, 1913
Lydia M. Cooper, March 9, 1914
Jennie Blair, August 23, 1917
Charles C. Fairchild, July 30, 1921
Warren B. Everett, December 12, 1926
Albert G. Williams, December 23, 1927
Charles C. Fairchild, February 24, 1931
discontinued November 16, 1952, mail to Idaho City
on Grimes Creek, 11 m. NW of Idaho City
Section 29, T7N, R5E

was CENTREVILLE 1946-1952

Crouch
established March 13, 1936
discontinued April 22, 1966, mail to Banks
on Middle Fork of Payette River
9 m. NE of Banks
2 m. N of Garden Valley
NW Sec. 15, T9N, R4E

Cumtux
established June 5, 1918, Eldon Hedrick
discontinued September 30, 1919
mail to Barber.

Diana Mines
established July 21, 1916, Chester N. Halverston
James A. McCubbin, June 5, 1917
discontinued October 31, 1917, mail to Grimes Pass.

Dunnigan
established August 10, 1901, John Horenberger
Jackson Owenby, April 29, 1902
discontinued October 15, 1902, mail to Boise.
(see DUNTON)

Dunton
established June 27, 1901, John Horenberger
(rescinded April 5, 1901)
(see Dunnigan)

Edna
established January 21, 1893, Joseph H. Wilson
Nellie Pl Gibbs, September 18, 1895
discontinued November 23, 1898, mail to Banner
re-opened October 29, 1909, Arthur Hall
discontinued July 15, 1911, mail to Idaho City.

Eldorado
established May 25, 1905, Ruben E. Shaw
discontinued January 31, 1914, mail to Horseshoe Bend
about 3 m. SE of Banks
approx. Sec. 15, T8N, R3E

Garden Valley
established February 11, 1875, Mrs. Julia C. Mills
discontinued October 30, 1876
re-established February 17, 1879
discontinued February 1, 1888
re-established November 23, 1888
Frances J. Castle, May 3, 1901
Mary N. Castle, May 28, 1901
Frances J. Castle, February 10, 1914
Marg D. James, May 26, 1924
Mrs. M. Jean Brown, August 22, 1930
Mrs. Anastasia McCubbins, January 21, 1931
11 m. NE of Banks on S. Fork of Payette R.
18 m. NE of Gardena NW Sec. 26 T9N R4E

Gardena
established June 21, 1915, Edward H. Darnielle
closed February 15, 1917, mail to Montour (rescinded)
Arley F. Darnielle, November 15, 1926
on Payette R. 5 m. N. of Horseshoe Bend
18 m. SW of Garden Valley
NE Sec. 3, T7N, R2E
1915-1976

Graham
established August 27, 1888, Joseph A. Bruner
Thomas L. Crafton, August 2, 1889 (not commisssioned)
Jesse Bradford, June 20, 1890
discontinued December 3, 1892, mail to Banner.

Grimes Pass
established August 27, 1912, as Grimpass Annie Calderwood
renamed Grimes Pass December 13, 1913
discontinued November 16, 1952, mail to Idaho City
on S. Fk. of Payette R. 9 m. SE of Garden Valley
33 m. N. of Idaho City; Sec. 15, T8N R5E

Grimpass
established August 27, 1912, Annie Calderwood
renamed Grimes Pass December 13, 1913

Highland
established May 9, 1898, Henry C. Sandlin
Hanna M. Spockman, March 4, 1903
(this may be a different p.o. & in Boise Co.)
Oliver P. Call, December 23, 1904
discontinued April 30, 1907, mail to Boise & Ola?
on Boise R. 18 m. E. of Boise
Sec. 16, T3N, R4E
"1898-1904 in Ada County, 1904-1907 in Boise County" - Idaho Post Offices

Horse Shoe Bend
established as WARRINERVILLE, October 6, 1865, by Benjamin L. Warriner
September 11, 1867, renamed Horse Shoe Bend by John Douglas
Orville Johnston, March 2, 1867
June 30, 1868, discontinued
July 5, 1870, reestablished, Hugh Clark
(note: use of one word Horseshoe was authorized March 1, 1968)

Horse Shoe Bend
1867-1868 was WARRINERVILLE 1870-1968 renamed HORSESHOE BEND 
Howell
established March 3, 1893, William Howell
discontinued July 12, 1895, mail to Idaho City
re-established January 28, 1896, James Cox
(rescinded April 21, 1896)
on N.P. Ry. E. of Joel

Idaho City
established June 23, 1864, John W. McCully
Henry M. Swinnerton, October 10, 1864
James A. Pinney (?) June 15, 1865
Silvester C. Sibsby, June 3, 1873
discontinued June 30, 1880
re-established July 1, 1882
Samuel T. Davis, May 6, 1893
Robert K. Davis, December 28, 1896
Silvester C. Sibsby, May 27, 1897
Mary S. Horenberger, July 7, 1907
John R. Kennaly, October 27, 1911
Mamie S. Wells, September 6, 1913
Robert L. Horenberger, April 19, 1915
Nelson Bottenher, October 17, 1919
30 m. NE of Boise; 28 SE of Horseshoe Bend
Sec. 26, T6N, R5E

Jerusalem
established August 26, 1885, H. H. Ray
William R. Ray, November 3, 1885
discontinued February 2, 1888, mail to Horse Shoe Bend

Lowman
established August 26, 1903, Nathaniel W. Lowman
John F. Rode, March 3, 1916
Frank S. Peyton, February 28, 1920 discontinued May 6, 1966, mail to Boise.
early spelling may have been Lournan
on S. Fk Payette R. 35 m. NE of Idaho City,
NE Sec 34, T9N, R7E

Magee
established October 26, 1898, Frances Keegan
Crombie Allen, January 29, 1899
discontinued October 24, 1899, mail to Pioneerville

Pinehust
established July 31, 1903, by Helen G. Waters
Vida G. Zimmerman appointed October 19, 1907
Ursula L. Moore appointed August 28, 1909 
George F. Green appointed December 3, 1913
Emma L. Fitch appointed May 29, 1916
discontinued February 28, 1918, mail to Gardena
located 2-3 miles NW of Banks in Section 30, Twp. 9 North, Range 3 West, B.M. (Note: This is in the area known as Dry Buck; there were sawmills in the area. The most visible landmark today is the Pinehurst Church.)

Pioneerville
established June 22, 1864, Alfred Sclocum
Louis Weinheimer, January 4, 1865
Frank Britton, May 4, 1866
Adolph Benedict, July 10, 1866
Henry McGuinness, October 29, 1872
John M. Cannady, May 5, 1874
John P. Weaver, September 13, 1880
discontinued December 9, 1880
re-established May 2, 1882, Mrs. Annie Tucker
discontinued October 26, 1882
re-established April 4, 1884, George W. Anderson
Mrs. Mary Anderson, November 18, 1886
James Ashforth, March 15, 1888
Henry Joyce, July 23, 1898
Samuel B. Connelley, July 9, 1903
Castante R. Poncia, September 18, 1903
discontinued February 28, 1943, mail to Idaho City
on Grimes Cr. 30 m. NE of Horseshoe Bend; 16 m. NW of Idaho City; SW Sec. 10, T7N, R5E.

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Placerville
established September 15, 1863, Mahlin P. Moore
Joseph H. Ralston, October 4, 1864
Joseph S. Littlefield, October 15, 1872
Joseph H. Ralston, December 19, 1873
John H. Meyer, August 14, 1874
James McDevitt, October 24, 1898
Josephine McDevitt, March 28, 1901
Nellie McDevitt, January 21, 1907
Margaret Halley, January 8, 1913
Addie Russell, September 22, 1916
Charles C. Fairchild, October 15, 1918
May Motts, January 10, 1920
Ellis S. Robison, October 22, 1923
Elizabeth Robison, January 7, 1927
discontinued February 24, 1967 mail to Idaho City
16 m. NE of Horseshoe Bend, 14 NW of Idaho City
Section 14, T7N, R4E

Mills writes that Moore (who she calls Malon B.) was the first postmaster and he rode horseback to Salt Lake City and back to get his commission. In 1882, he became the postmaster at Shaffer at the junction of Harris and Shaffer Creek. (p.208)

Quartzburgh - Quartzburg
established March 1974, Richard C. Allen
William Splaine, May 26, 1886
Edith H. Thompson, December 31, ____
Lizzie Froomer, September 23, 1910
Theodore Fedder, December 8, 1912
discontinued September 20, 1930 mail to Placerville
re-established March 8, 1921, Warren B. Everett
Frank Daley, June 22, 1923
Mrs. Ethel Daley, February 26, 1925
discontinued October 10, 1940 mail to Placerville
dropped "H" sometime after 1894
19 m. NE of Horseshoe Bend, 3 m. NW of Placerville
Sec. 9, T7N, R4E.

Shafer
established July 22, 1882, Mahlon B. Moore
William R. Schramm, January 18, 1886
discontinued February 3, 1888, mail to Horse Shoe Bend.

Shaws
established April 15, 1880
Miss Ada Leigh, May 11, 1880
discontinued November 11, 1880.

Twinsprings - Twin Springs
established May 9, 1898, George W. Dalle
Frederick B. Richmond, June 19, 1899
Emma Kent, August 28, 1899
John A. Rumbley, February 23, 1901
Harlan P. Eastman, February 16, 1904
Michael B. Goldstein, July 30, 1904
closed August 31, 1905, mail to Highland
re-opened January 10, 1906, John K. Dickie
Nora B. Sherier, February 23, 1909
discontinued June 30, 1953 mail to Boise
38 m. NE of Boise
Sec. 23, T4N R6E


Warrinerville
established October 6, 1865, Benjamin L. Warriner
renamed HORSE SHOE BEND September 11, 1867.
Sources: "History of Post Offices in Idaho." U.S. Post Office; Gem County Historical Society collection and Idaho State Archives, 2205 Old Penitentiary Rd., Boise, Idaho. Mark Metkin, Idaho Post Offices. A big thank you to Mark for sharing his research! Nellie Ireton Mills -- "All Along the River/Territorial and Pioneer Days on the Payette." Privately printed for Payette Radio Limited, 1963. Notes: The map by Merle Wells on Idaho State Historical Society Digital Collections shows a settlement called Boston southwest of Centerville. I double-checked the Postmaster book and I still do not find a post office named "Boston." In "Gold Camps & Silver Cities/Nineteenth Century Mining in Central and Southern Idaho" (Idaho Department of Lands, Bureau of Mines & Geology, Moscow, Idaho, 1983) Wells refers to it as Boston Bar. I also double-checked Granite, which is marked on my favorite old (1976) Forest Service map. It's on Granite Creek, northwest of Placerville, roughly half-way between Placerville and Quartzburg. But if there was a post office there, it was some other name. The banner photo is one I took there twenty or thirty years ago. . .

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