ESTABLISHED 1879
COUNTY SEAT Weiser
Washington County is named for the first president of the United States. Donald Mackenzie and six companions passed through what is now Washington County in 1811 en route to Astoria. Later fur brigades trapped and explored the Weiser River. Settlers began taking up land in the county in the 1860's after gold was discovered in the Boise Basin. Thomas Galloway built a log cabin on the present site of Weiser in 1863. The earliest settlement in Washington County Thomas Galloway built a log cabin on the present site of Weiser in 1863. The earliest settlement in Washington County was Weiser Bridge in 1863. R.P. Olds began operation of a ferry across the Snake River west of Weiser. A freight line from Umatilla to Olds Ferry was established in 1866. A steamboat, the Shoshone, operated in the late 1860's between Olds Ferry and a point on the Snake River to serve Silver City, but business was poor and the venture was abandoned. The Oregon Short Line came through the county in 1884 with a station at Weiser. Mercury mines exist in the county, and the principal industry is agriculture. "The Idaho Almanac," 1977 Edition, State of Idaho. almanac map  ::  topo map from imnh.isu.edu/digitalatlas

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