Welcome to Custer County!

Custer County was indirectly named for General George A. Custer. The Custer Mine was named for the ill-fated general, along with the now ghost town of Custer, and the county was given that name on its creation by the legislature. The county lies almost in the center of the state. Fur traders with the Donald Mackenzie expedition were the first in the county in 1818, and Michel Bourdon discovered the Challis area in 1822. Mining became the county's chief industry in the late 1870's and 1880's, with the discovery of rich placer mines and silver-lead and silver-copper ores. Mackay was founded in 1901. After the mines played out, livestock raising and eventually tourism and recreation became the principal industries. Most of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area is within the county's boundaries." - "The Idaho Almanac, 1977 Edition", published by the State of Idaho.

Custer County contains Mount Borah (header photo), the state's highest peak (12,668 feet) as well as portions of the Sawtooth, Salmon River, White Cloud, Pioneer, Lost River, and White Knob Mountains.

Almanac Map   ISU Digital Atlas, topo map

Post Office History
Hawley's History of Custer Co., 1920
Martial Law, 1931, "to prevent incenciarism;" in Idaho, Boise, Gem, Valley, Adams, Custer and Lemhi Counties

Off-Site Links

History of Custer County, 1900, by Jesse R. Black, written when he was a high school senior
Custer County at westernmininghistory.com
History of the Mines on Estes Mountain, Custer County, Idaho, by Victoria E. Mitchell
Historical Register


Green, Roberta H. They Followed the Glory Trail. ("Stories about people who lived in the ghost town of Custer").

Trail Creek Freight Train from Makay to Sun Valley, from National Stagecoach & Freight Wagon Assoc.

American History and Genealogy Project

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