Welcome to Elmore County!

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)
1891, Aug. 14: Jerry C. Cronin, Short Line section boss, killed in accident, at Medbury (nka Hammitt)
1903 image of Placer Mining by Horce C Myers, Library of Congress
Mask Ball, New Year's Eve, 1903
1905 newspaper article about Christmas Ball, sponsored by Entre Nous Club, to benefit the Library Building Fund
1909 postcard, Bag Dad Chase Mine, Atlanta
Hawley's 1920 History


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

American History and Genealogy Project

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