Place:Boise, Idaho, United States

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Boise County is a rural mountain county in the U.S. state of Idaho. The population was 7,028 at the 2010 census, up from 6,670 in 2000. The county seat is Idaho City, and Horseshoe Bend is its largest city.

The city of Boise is located in neighboring Ada County, which was divided from Boise County in late 1864. Boise County is part of the Boise-Nampa Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The Bogus Basin ski area is in the southwestern part of the county. The county's eastern area contains the central section of the Sawtooth Wilderness, the western part of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area.

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History

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The county was established February 4, 1864, with its county seat at Idaho City. It was named for the Boise River, which was named by French-Canadian explorers and trappers for the great variety of trees growing along its banks in the lower desert valley.

The Boise Basin, in which Idaho City lies, was one of the richest gold mining districts in the nation. Gold was discovered in 1862 and more of it was pulled from present-day Boise County than from the entire state of Alaska. At its peak in the mid-1860s, Idaho City was the largest city in the Northwest, and it was this rapid population influx that lead to the establishment of the Idaho Territory in 1863. The lower elevation communities of Horseshoe Bend (Payette River) and Boise (Boise River) were staging areas for the Boise Basin mines.

When Ada County was partitioned from mountainous Boise County in December 1864 it included the present-day counties of the Treasure Valley: Canyon, Payette, and Gem (southern).

In March 2011, the county filed a Chapter 9 bankruptcy petition due to judgment against the county for violating the Fair Housing Act. the county’s Petitions for Chapter 9 relief was denied.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1863 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1863 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1863 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1864 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1869 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1870 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1907 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1920 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1870 3,834
1880 3,214
1890 3,342
1900 4,174
1910 5,250
1920 1,822
1930 1,847
1940 2,333
1950 1,776
1960 1,646
1970 1,763
1980 2,999
1990 3,509

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External links

www.co.boise.id.us/


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