Valley County

"ESTABLISHED 1917
COUNTY SEAT Cascade
Valley County is named for Long Valley, a natural feature. Fur trappers were the first white men in the area, but permanent settlements did not take place until the 1880's when livestock ranchers moved into Long Valley. The Sheepeater Indians, against whom the last Indian "war" in Idaho was waged by a military force in 1879, ranged through the county's wilderness. Self reliant, but unorganized, the Sheepeaters had several small skirmishes with the military in adjacent Idaho County until 51 members of the tribe surrendered on September 20, 1879. A large section of the Idaho Primitive Area is in the county. Discovery of gold at Thunder Mountain in 1894 brought hundreds of miners to the county. First permanent communities were Van Wyck and Crawford (1882), and Lardo (1886), later to become McCall. Cascade absorbed the population of Van Wyck and Crawford when it became a station on the railroad line in 1913. Principal industries are agriculture, lumbering and mining." -

Valley topo map

History Index

Long Valley Ambush, 1878
Thunder Mountain/The Ghosts Walk Under the Water
Women in Thunder Mountain, 1902
1910 census, Roosevelt precinct
McCall and Roseberry in 1910
First County Officals, 1917
1918 The Red Cross Work, Statement of Receipts and Expenditures of the Valley County Branch; people named: Mrs. Patterson, Mrs. Weant, Mrs. Hill, W. H. Taylor, Mrs. Kelley, Mrs. Hite, Mrs Osborn, Mrs. Burr, Mrs. J. H. Hill, Chairman; Mrs. J. H. Madden, Tres. (courtesy of Kitchen family)
Historic Post Offices and Post Masters
Valley County by Hawley, 1920
Martial Law, 1931, "to prevent incenciarism"
Cascade Dam Construction, 1947
Historical Register and Century Farms
1999 Yellow Pine Walking Tour, prepared by your webmaster, spring 1999: Community Hall, Little Cabins, Taveran, Hotel, Corner Store, Dan's Place (later Chapel), Stumble Inn/Silver Dollar, General Store
1999 Yellow Pine Walking Tour, back: original Behne residence, Library, residence, School, cemetery

Newspapers

Early Long Valley History, by Dr. G. E. Noggle, 1922
New Life to Yellow Pine

Biographies

Roy McConnel and family, homesteading in High Valley

Geography, geology and map links

1895 Atlas
Idaho State University Digital Atlas
Idaho Geological Survey
USGS index of Geographic Names
Mindat

1904 Annual report of the mining industry of Idaho, by Robert Bell, Inspector of Mines, at google books (includes mining districts and Thunder Mountain Road)
Tungsten, Cinnabar, Manganese, Molybdeum and Tin Deposits of Idaho, University of Idaho, School of Mines, (includes Valley County); 1918
Thunder Mountain News, various issues from Nov. 1904 - August 1905, plus other Thunder Mountain History at Midas Gold website
you-tube slide show of Cinnabar
Idaho State Historical Society Reference Series, includes articles on Stibnite, Roosevelt and Thunder Mountain
Western Mining History

Other Off-site Links

Founding of McCall, by Frank Rowland (off-site)
McCall Public Library Collection
What was life like in the early days of Valley County?, Rosemary Hoff
100 Years Valley County and the City of Cascade, Centennial Magazine
Walter Cole's Riordan Lake by Horse and Wagon, 1907. Starts in Meridan, goes thru Box Springs (Ada County), Dry Buck, Thunder City, Knox, down to Trout Creek, up Johnson Creek. Names mentioned include Peterson a stage man, Doc Alllen, "Poker Jack's" Cabin, Snow's Cabin, Art Ballard and Charley Cantwell.
Loon Lake, includes story of the B-23 that crash landed in 1943
see also Payette National Forest, Heritage Program, story by Richard Holm
history at Valley County government site
Payette National Forest, History & Culture
Warm Lake Users Association, includes history

Long Valley Finnish Structures at National Park Service
Preservation Idaho, Frank Eld

Be sure to visit Valley County at idgenweb.org for cemetery records, obituaries and more biographies.




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