Elk City, Idaho

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Elk City, Idaho
Census-designated place
Idaho County Idaho Incorporated and Unincorporated areas Elk City Highlighted 1625030.svg
Elk City is located in Idaho
Elk City
Elk City
Elk City is located in the US
Elk City
Elk City
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 UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
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.
1880276
1900252
1910250−0.8%
1920210−16.0%
1930150−28.6%
19401500.0%
195018020.0%
196030066.7%
197045050.0%
198067048.9%
19906700.0%
2000376−43.9%
2010202−46.3%
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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