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Here 10 Of The Oldest Towns In Idaho… And They’re Loaded With History

Idaho’s history as a thriving “Old West” mining state, riddled with boom towns, ghost towns, and unincorporated cities leaves our present little slice of Heaven with a rich and complex history. Shootouts, range wars, vigilantes, and western lore abound as greatly as our picturesque scenery. However, as cities rose and fell with claims and county seat determination was tossed around with the popular vote, navigating Idaho’s incorporation timeline becomes a challenge that will forever remain incomplete.

For the most part, Idaho’s non-native settlement grew from the south as Mormon pioneers explored and made permanent homes on their way north from Utah. But Idaho’s population also grew seemingly all at once throughout the then-territory, inseparable from the rich ores and mining camps that still permeate the state. Today, we’ve dug up just a few of Idaho’s oldest towns and their equally rich histories to give you just a taste of the Gem State’s unique past. While by no means a precise list of Idaho’s oldest communities, these gems feature prominently in Idaho’s past. Enjoy!

Do you live in one of these historic towns or know someone who does? What else can you add that makes these places special to Idaho history?

Jennifer
Super-rad musician, scholar, and cat enthusiast who digs Idaho sunsets and spontaneous nature walks. When not basking in Idaho's awesomeness for Only In Your State, you can find me lovingly concocting environmental goodness at TheBlueReview.org.