Elk City, Idaho

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Elk City, Idaho
Census-designated place
Elk City, Idaho is located in Idaho
Elk City, Idaho
Elk City, Idaho
Coordinates: 45°49′37″N 115°26′12″W / 45.82694°N 115.43667°W / 45.82694; -115.43667Coordinates: 45°49′37″N 115°26′12″W / 45.82694°N 115.43667°W / 45.82694; -115.43667
Country United States
State Idaho
County Idaho
Area
 • Total 2.510 sq mi (6.50 km2)
 • Land 2.506 sq mi (6.49 km2)
 • Water 0.004 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Elevation 4,006 ft (1,221 m)
Population (2010 census)
 • Total 202
 • Density 80/sq mi (31/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 83525
Area code(s) 208
GNIS feature ID 396453[1]

Elk City is an unincorporated census-designated place in Idaho County, Idaho, United States. As of the 2010 census, its population was 202.[2][3]

Geography[edit]

Elk City is located at 45°49′37″N 115°26′12″W / 45.82694°N 115.43667°W / 45.82694; -115.43667,[4] at an elevation of 4,006 feet (1,221 m) above sea level. Located at the eastern end of State Highway 14, it is 50 miles (80 km) east of Grangeville, the nearest city. Elk City has a post office with ZIP code 83525.[5]

Climate[edit]

This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Elk City has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.[6]

History[edit]

2-119-DSCN0586 Gold Mill near Elk City Idaho

Elk City was the site of a gold strike in 1861, as prospectors rushed south from Pierce, two years before the formation of the Idaho Territory. In the 1870s, Chinese miners leased the claims but were later driven out by mistreatment. Quartz lode operations began in 1902 and dredging in 1935.[7]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 276
1900 252
1910 250 −0.8%
1920 210 −16.0%
1930 150 −28.6%
1940 150 0.0%
1950 180 20.0%
1960 300 66.7%
1970 450 50.0%
1980 670 48.9%
1990 670 0.0%
2000 376 −43.9%
2010 202 −46.3%
source:[3][8]






References[edit]

  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Spokesman-Review - 2010 census - Elk City, Idaho - accessed 2011-12-27
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ ZIP Code Lookup
  6. ^ Climate Summary for Elk City, Idaho
  7. ^ "Idaho for the Curious", by Cort Conley, ©1982, ISBN 0-9603566-3-0, p.129
  8. ^ Moffatt, Riley. Population History of Western U.S. Cities & Towns, 1850-1990. Lanham: Scarecrow, 1996, 97.

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