Fenn, Idaho

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Fenn, Idaho
Unincorporated community
Fenn, Idaho is located in Idaho
Fenn, Idaho
Fenn, Idaho
Fenn, Idaho is located in the US
Fenn, Idaho
Fenn, Idaho
Coordinates: 45°57′54″N 116°15′36″W / 45.965°N 116.260°W / 45.965; -116.260Coordinates: 45°57′54″N 116°15′36″W / 45.965°N 116.260°W / 45.965; -116.260
Country United States
State Idaho
County Idaho
Elevation 3,274 ft (998 m)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 83531
Area code(s) 208
GNIS feature ID 396482[1]

Fenn is an unincorporated community in Idaho County, Idaho, United States. It is located on U.S. Route 95 on the Camas Prairie, 7 miles (11 km) northwest of Grangeville and 8 miles (13 km) south of Cottonwood. Fenn has a post office with ZIP code 83531.[2]

Originally Tharp, it was named in 1915 (or earlier)[3] after the Fenn family.[4] Stephen S. Fenn (1820–92)[5] arrived in Florence from California in 1862 with his wife and four children.[6] He was an early settler, attorney, administrator, speaker of territorial legislature, and a territorial delegate to Congress. His son, Major Frank A. Fenn (1853–1927),[7] also of many professions, was the speaker of the first state legislature. Frank's son Lloyd (1884–1953) also served in the legislature.[4][8][9][10][11]

An earlier settlement a few miles north, Denver, was mostly abandoned after the Camas Prairie Railroad bypassed it. A grain elevator was constructed in Fenn in 1918,[12] served by the railroad until the abandonment of its Second Subdivision line to Grangeville in late 2000.[13][14]


  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ ZIP Code Lookup
  3. ^ "Neighborhood news:Idaho". Spokesman-Review. January 8, 1910. p. 8. 
  4. ^ a b "Fenn put name on Idaho's map". Lewiston Morning Tribune. May 1990. p. 18-Centennial. 
  5. ^ "FENN, Stephen Southmyd, (1820-1892)". Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress. Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  6. ^ Fenn, Frank A. (November 24, 1920). "Idaho early history: an emigrant’s experience". Kooskia Mountaineer. 
  7. ^ "Major F.A. Fenn dead". Lewiston Morning Tribune. June 21, 1927. p. 8. 
  8. ^ "Hankers to be just like dad". Spokane Daily Chronicle. November 15, 1928. p. 3. 
  9. ^ "Major Frank Fenn". Find a Grave. Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Lloyd Alfred Fenn". Find a Grave. Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Lloyd A. Fenn, Kooskia civic leader, dead". Lewiston Morning Tribune. November 7, 1953. p. 12. 
  12. ^ "Build elevators for their wheat". Spokane Daily Chronicle. February 23, 1918. p. 8. 
  13. ^ "Legal notices: Camas Prairie RailNet". Lewiston Morning Tribune. May 2, 2000. p. 9B. 
  14. ^ "Last train to Grangeville". Lewiston Morning Tribune. December 31, 2000. p. 3A.