Why a part two for this list? Because Idaho has so many quaint, miniature towns worthy of mentioning! Here are just a few more places throughout the state that show big things come in small populations — around 200, to be exact.
Stites (Pop. 216)
Tucked away near the Clearwater River, nestled between the equally small communities of Kooskia and Harpster, Stites is a true rural beauty--and just as idyllic as it looks on the surface.
Ellis (Pop. 184)
This itty bitty community sits snug in the peaceful valley between some of the the tallest mountains in Idaho and the Salmon Challis National Forest.
Murtaugh (Pop 118)
Murtaugh was once a booming Magic Valley town, growing up near where a mining camp called Dry Town had thrived three decades before. The train depot--and its quintessential rural Idaho tracks--sat across from Hotel Murtaugh, which housed visitors from all over the country.
Holbrook (Pop 100)
The tiny ranching town of Holbrook lies in the remote Curlew Valley in the arid and sparsely populated grasslands... and if there's any doubt about how small this community is, the lack of paved roads make it obvious.
White Bird (Pop. 91)
Everything about this sweet town is steeped in history and natural beauty. From the treasured "Floating bridge" that connects North and South Idaho, to the White Bird Grade which offers incredible views of the valley.
Butte City (Pop. 68)
While few people realize that this community exists, most Idahoans are familiar with the towering landforms nearby that give the town its name.
Kilgore (Pop. <50)
While the namesake of this town near the Montana border was a highly controversial political power--Fred Thomas Dubois--the town itself is full of charm. His father--Jesse Kilgore Dubois--inspired the name of the nearby unincorporated town of Kilgore.
Pine (Pop. 32)
The Feathervlle-Pine area is a hidden gem on the outskirts of the Sawtooth National Forest. Lush trees and undeniable mountain charm make this community one you'll never want to leave!
Avery (Pop. 25)
Nestled in the St. Joe River valley, Avery once boasted a population well over 1,000. As trains ceased to rumble through, the heart of the town became the tiny post office in one corner of the depot. But what Avery lacks in population, it makes up for in rugged, Western beauty, delightfully isolated by trees on all sides.
Henry (Pop. <15)
To quote a commenter, Henry "lost its post office some years back but still has a population of at least 10."
Have you visited any of these big-hearted towns lately? There’s something to be said for the peace and quiet of little cities like these! Be sure to check out
Part I of this series and let us know what sort of unique histories these hidden gems have to offer.