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!

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/

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?