Mount Idaho, Idaho

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Mount Idaho
Ghost town
Mount Idaho is located in Idaho
Mount Idaho
Mount Idaho
Coordinates: 45°54′14″N 116°04′56″W / 45.90389°N 116.08222°W / 45.90389; -116.08222Coordinates: 45°54′14″N 116°04′56″W / 45.90389°N 116.08222°W / 45.90389; -116.08222
Country United States
State Idaho
County Idaho
Elevation 3,640 ft (1,110 m)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)

Mount Idaho is a ghost town in Idaho County, Idaho, United States. The town served as county seat of Idaho County from 1875 to 1902.[1]

A 45-mile (72 km) stretch of trail opened in 1860 in the Mount Idaho area is believed to be one of the earliest examples of a toll road on record in the region. According to local legend, the owner of this road, Mose Milner, was forced to sell the area to Loyal P. Brown after being permanently disabled in a fight with a mountain lion. Brown is considered the founder of Mount Idaho.

The town of Mount Idaho was founded around 1862 as an outpost serving nearby gold mining areas. By 1873 Mount Idaho was connected by stagecoach with Lewiston.[2]

During the 1877 Nez Perce War a hotel in Mount Idaho served as a hospital.[3] Some of the dead from that conflict were buried in the town's cemetery.

By 1892 Mount Idaho was in competition with nearby Grangeville, some 3.5 miles (5.6 km) away, as the main town in Idaho County. The county seat was moved from Mount Idaho to Grangeville ten years later. By 1922, when the town's post office closed, Mount Idaho had been effectively assimilated by Grangeville.

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 125
1880 159 27.2%
1890 190 19.5%
1900 539 183.7%
1910 100 −81.4%
1920 105 5.0%
1930 70 −33.3%
1950 50
1960 90 80.0%
1980 75
1990 70 −6.7%
source:[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Adkison, Norman B. (July 1, 1962). "Bustling, booming Mount Idaho now nothing but a ghost town". Lewiston Morning Tribune. p. 1-sec.2. 
  2. ^ Talkington, Dr. H.L. (November 4, 1934). "Historic Mount Idaho". Lewiston Morning Tribune. p. 1. 
  3. ^ Ruark, Janice (October 27, 1971). "Idaho town historic place". Spokane Daily Chronicle. p. 5. 
  4. ^ Moffatt, Riley. Population History of Western U.S. Cities & Towns, 1850-1990. Lanham: Scarecrow, 1996, 96.

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