Sweet, Idaho

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Sweet is an unincorporated community in Gem County, Idaho, United States. It is located in open countryside approximately 16 miles (26 km) northeast of Emmett, along a county highway 8 miles due north of its intersection with State Highway 52.

Founded in 1885 by Ezekiel Sweet, the community initially was a supply location and post office for farmers and ranchers in the nearby Lower Squaw Creek Valley. Sweet grew significantly as a result of the later Thunder Mountain Mines gold strike; by 1900, it supported three saloon, three hotels, several businesses and a newspaper, which lasted until the gold mines petered out. Several subsequent fires destroyed most of the historic downtown. Today, a smaller Sweet is the location of a restaurant and post office.[1]

The Upper Brownlee School in Sweet, and the Sweet Methodist Episcopal Church, are both listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Shadow Butte, located northwest of Sweet, and is a notable landmark in the area.


  1. ^ Sweet, Idaho USA, Gem County Chamber of Commerce, 2009. Accessed 2009-05-19.

Coordinates: 43°58′23″N 116°19′28″W / 43.97306°N 116.32444°W / 43.97306; -116.32444