Idaho is known for its potatoes, but it wasn't until the 1930s that potatoes became a major crop in the state. Before that, wheat was the primary crop grown in Idaho.
Clark County, Idaho, located in the north-central part of the state, has a rich history that dates back thousands of years. The area was home to various Native American tribes, including the Shoshone, Bannock, and Nez Perce, who relied on the land for hunting and gathering. The Lewis and Clark Expedition passed through the region in 1805, leaving their mark on its history.

In the late 1800s, European settlers began to arrive in the area, attracted by the promise of fertile land and economic opportunities. The establishment of mining camps brought a surge of population, as gold, silver, and lead were discovered in the area. Miners flocked to Clark County in search of fortune, leading to the growth of towns like Dubois, Kilgore, and Spencer. The mining industry, however, fluctuated over the years, resulting in economic booms followed by decline.

Agriculture also played a significant role in Clark County's history. Many settlers turned to farming and ranching, taking advantage of the region's rich soil and abundant water resources. Crops such as wheat, barley, and potatoes were cultivated, while cattle and sheep were raised. The development of irrigation systems further boosted agricultural activities, allowing for increased productivity and prosperity.

Throughout the 20th century, Clark County continued to develop and adapt to changing times. The construction of highways and the arrival of the railroad improved transportation and facilitated commerce. The county's population has remained relatively small, with a focus on small-scale farming and ranching. Today, Clark County retains its rural character, attracting visitors with its natural beauty, outdoor recreation opportunities, and a glimpse into its fascinating history.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Clark County, Idaho.

  • 1805 - The Lewis and Clark expedition explore present-day Clark County
  • 1830s - Fur traders establish trading posts in the area
  • 1870s - Ranchers and farmers begin to settle in the region
  • 1880 - Clark County is officially established
  • 1883 - The town of Dubois is founded
  • 1893 - The railroad reaches Clark County, spurring economic growth
  • Early 1900s - Agriculture, particularly sheep and cattle ranching, becomes a major industry
  • 1930s - The Great Depression leads to economic hardship in Clark County
  • 1950s - The construction of Interstate 15 brings improved transportation to the region
  • Present - Clark County remains a rural and agricultural area, known for its scenic landscapes