Gem County,  ID GenWeb project

Neighbors -
Adams County
Valley County
Boise County
Ada County
Canyon County
Payette County
Washington County

Gem Co. map
Reading & References
Sharon McConnel,
Gem County Coordinator

Gem County History Index


Places:   Emmett     Sweet     Montour      Ola      Letha     Pearl Mining Camp


Langley's "Pacific Coast Business Directory 1876-78", listing Emmettsville and Falk's Store businesses
Historic Post Offices & Postmasters
Early Settlers Profiled in "The Village That Grew" by Ruth B. Lyon, 1979
Pearl 1902, Reconstructed Map
Pearl Documents, 1896-1902
First Gem County Officials, 1915
School Districts, map and locations
History of Butte School, Written by Meree Fowler (Schneider), 2 Oct 1919 for a school paper
Award-winning 1930 Historical Essay, by high school student, Edith Whipple
Women Homesteaders
Historical Register & Century Farms

Newspaper Articles

1902, Apr - New Railroad reaches Emmett
1902, May - A New Stage Line from Emmett to Centerville
1902, June - Fifty-five Car Loads of Mining Machinery for Thunder Mountain
1902, June - Thunder Mtn. Road will Go by Long Valley
1902, July - Surveyors Back From the Mines
1902 - July 4th Celebration
1902, July 10th - Emmett Red Birds Cover Themselves with Glory (Baseball), Other News
1902, July - Murder - Suicide in Pearl
1903, Jan. - Emke Pearl Mines Sold for $25,000
1903, Jan. - Farmers Co-Op Irrigation Co. Plans
1903, Apr. - Great Pearl Mining Camp

When Col. Dewey bought the Caswells' Thunder Mountain claims (east present-day Valley Co.) in late 1900, the rush was on - much of it through present-day Gem County. Ads from "Thunder Mountain News," April 22, 1905, courtesy of Steven Harshfield - Thank you, Steve, for sharing!
    Boise & Pearl Stage, T. B. Walker, Prop.
    Millers, Ola & Miller's Store at Thunder City
    Plowman's, Montour
    Sults' Ola, Thunder City, Vanwyck Stage
    Taylor House, Sweet, W. Taylor & Sons, Props.
    see Valley County for the continuation.

1906, January - Fire Destroys Head Residence in Lower Pearl
1929, Oct. - Liberty Mine Sold
1931, Aug. - Martial Law Declared
1938 - Sixteen Postmasters, Twelve Locations

Reading and References

Index to Mills' "All Along the River"

Off-site Links

Boise County Sentinel at Salmon Public Library, 1912 & 1916, published at Sweet; plus other publications
1904 Annual report of the mining industry of Idaho, by Robert Bell, Inspector of Mines, at google books (includes Pearl mining district)
History and Culture, Boise National Forest
Gem County Sheriffs (archives)
Pickett's Corral Idaho State Historical Society Reference Series, No. 253
Idaho State Historical Society Reference Series Index for more Idaho history
History news articles at the Messenger-Index
Art Hart's articles at the Idaho Statesman

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