Welcome to Elmore County!

ESTABLISHED February 7, 1889
COUNTY SEAT Mountain Home
"Elmore County was named for a quartz mine, the Ida Elmore, near Rocky Bar. The Oregon Trail bisected What is now Elmore County, crossing the Snake River near Glenns Ferry at Three Island Crossing. The first settlements were in the mining areas at Atlanta and Rocky Bar, but it was not until the Oregon Short Line built its main line across the southern part that permanent settlements came into being. An important station on the overland stage route, originally named Rattlesnake, was moved to the railroad line and became Mountain Home, contributing materially to the county's economy. Major industries are livestock raising, farming, and recreation in its mountainous areas. The Mountain Home Air Force Base, 12 miles southwest of Mountain Home, established in 1942, brought additional population to the county and also contributes to its economy." - - "The Idaho Almanac, 1977 Edition," published by the State of Idaho.

1895 Rand McNally map   Almanac Map   ISU Digital Atlas, topo map

Post Office History
Langley's 1876 Directory   alpha index
Mining Districts
Mining Districts 1898 (Map)
Hawley's 1920 History

News
1888, Decoration Day in Glenn's Ferry
1889, Thanksgiving Ball, by Alturus Lodge, at Rocky Bar
1891, Goats visit saloons
1891, Aug. 14: Jerry C. Cronin, Short Line section boss, killed in accident, at Medbury (nka Hammitt)
1893, June 10: Ad for circus
1897, Grand Mother Hubbard Ball, St. Patrick's Night
1897, April: Notice to Sheepmen, public corral for shearing
1903, Cherries on market; lighning struck Short Line depot Operator Wilcox's desk
Mask Ball, New Year's Eve, 1903
1905 Christmas Ball, sponsored by Entre Nous Club, to benefit the Library Building Fund
1907, Apr. - E. B. Turner has strawberries that will blossom in a few days

Photographs
1903 image of Placer Mining by Horace C Myers, Library of Congress
1909 postcard, Bag Dad Chase Mine, Atlanta
about 1910, On verso, "Mountain Home to Grand View Idaho Sig & Anna", from water archives
Mountain Home Band Stand
late 40's, Anderson Ranch Dam, World's Highest Earthfilled Dam


Links

The Oregon Trail (includes journals)
Western Mining History
Kittie Wilkins, The Horse Queen of Idaho
Elmore Co., IDGenWeb
Elmore Co. USGenweb Archives



1903 Post office and Mail Route Map

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