Wardner, Idaho

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Wardner, Idaho
City
Wardner in 1904
Wardner in 1904
Location of Wardner, Idaho
Location of Wardner, Idaho
Coordinates: 47°31′23″N 116°8′3″W / 47.52306°N 116.13417°W / 47.52306; -116.13417Coordinates: 47°31′23″N 116°8′3″W / 47.52306°N 116.13417°W / 47.52306; -116.13417
Country United States
State Idaho
County Shoshone
Government
 • Mayor Jo Ann Groves
Area[1]
 • Total 0.86 sq mi (2.23 km2)
 • Land 0.86 sq mi (2.23 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 2,657 ft (810 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 188
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 189
 • Density 218.6/sq mi (84.4/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 83837
Area code(s) 208
FIPS code 16-85240
GNIS feature ID 0400161

Wardner is a city in Shoshone County, Idaho, United States. Located in the Silver Valley mining region, the population was 188 at the 2010 census, down from 215 in 2000.

Geography[edit]

Wardner is located at 47°31′23″N 116°8′3″W / 47.52306°N 116.13417°W / 47.52306; -116.13417 (47.523164, -116.134190),[4] at an elevation of 2,657 feet (810 m) above sea level.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.86 square miles (2.23 km2), all of it land.[1]

History[edit]

The city was named for Jim Wardner, an early promoter of the Bunker Hill and Sullivan mine in the 1880s and a seller of corner lots in the city. Born in Wisconsin in 1846, he held various occupations in Arizona, California, Utah, Wisconsin, South Dakota, and Washington state. After his time in the Silver Valley of Idaho, he followed the mining booms to South Africa, British Columbia, and the Klondike; he published his autobiography in 1900 and died in El Paso, Texas in 1905.[5][6][7]

In 1892, and again in 1899, angry union miners converged on the Bunker Hill mine during confrontations with mine owners.

Hard rock miners in Shoshone County protested wage cuts with a strike in 1892. After several lost their lives in a shooting war provoked by discovery of a company spy, the U.S. army forced an end to the strike. Hostilities erupted once again in 1899 when, in response to the company firing seventeen men for joining the union, the miners dynamited the Bunker Hill & Sullivan mill. Again, lives were lost, and the army intervened.

The gondola for the Silver Mountain ski resort passes over the town.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 858
1900 2,278 165.5%
1910 1,369 −39.9%
1920 704 −48.6%
1930 903 28.3%
1940 861 −4.7%
1950 772 −10.3%
1960 577 −25.3%
1970 492 −14.7%
1980 423 −14.0%
1990 246 −41.8%
2000 215 −12.6%
2010 188 −12.6%
source:[8]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 188 people, 75 households, and 60 families residing in the city. The population density was 218.6 inhabitants per square mile (84.4 /km2). There were 118 housing units at an average density of 137.2 per square mile (53.0 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.2% White, 1.1% Native American, 1.6% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.7% of the population.

There were 75 households of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.0% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 12.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 20.0% were non-families. 16.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.62.

The median age in the city was 46 years. 20.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.8% were from 25 to 44; 35.1% were from 45 to 64; and 16.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.6% male and 48.4% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 215 people, 88 households, and 60 families residing in the city. The population density was 251.1 people per square mile (96.5/km²). There were 111 housing units at an average density of 129.6 per square mile (49.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.81% White, 0.47% Native American, 0.47% Pacific Islander, 1.40% from other races, and 1.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.33% of the population.

There were 88 households out of which 25.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.8% were non-families. 25.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.7% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 24.7% from 25 to 44, 30.2% from 45 to 64, and 13.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 104.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,500, and the median income for a family was $31,563. Males had a median income of $36,071 versus $21,250 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,051. About 14.0% of families and 12.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.8% of those under the age of eighteen and 6.5% of those sixty five or over.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "Profile for Wardner, Idaho". ePodunk. Retrieved 2010-05-28. 
  6. ^ "Idaho for the Curious", by Cort Conley, ©1982, ISBN 0-9603566-3-0, Backeddy, p.471-473
  7. ^ Find a Grave.com - James Frederick Wardner - (1846-1905) - accessed 2011-12-14
  8. ^ Moffatt, Riley. Population History of Western U.S. Cities & Towns, 1850-1990. Lanham: Scarecrow, 1996, 99.
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

External links[edit]

  • YouTube.com - video - powder skiing into Wardner, Idaho - 2008-02

Further reading[edit]

  • Report of the Miners' strike in the State of Idaho. Annual Reports of the Secretary of War By United States War Dept 1899. pp. 28–74.  Google Books
  • Wardner, Jim. Jim Wardner of Wardner Idaho. New York: Anglo-American Publishing Co.,. Google Books