The town of Wallace, Idaho, was once known as the "silver capital of the world." During the late 1800s and early 1900s, the town was a major producer of silver, and it was home to more than 5,000 people at its peak. Today, Wallace is a popular destination for history buffs and outdoor enthusiasts, and it's known for its beautiful architecture and rich history.
Valley County is located in west-central Idaho and is known for its pristine forests, lakes, and mountains. The area has a rich history that dates back thousands of years. Before European settlers arrived, the land was occupied by Native American tribes, including the Nez Perce, Shoshone, and Bannock peoples, who relied on the region's natural resources for survival.

In the early 1800s, fur traders and explorers started to venture into the area, seeking new trading routes and opportunities. Notably, the Lewis and Clark Expedition passed through Valley County in 1805 as they made their way to the Pacific Northwest. The first recorded European settler in the area was Captain Benjamin Bonneville, an explorer and fur trader, who established a trading post near present-day Cascade in 1834.

During the mid-1800s, the discovery of gold in the Boise Basin brought an influx of settlers to Valley County. Mining towns sprung up, and the population grew rapidly, creating a bustling economy based on mining and the supply of goods and services to miners. However, the boom was relatively short-lived, and by the late 1800s, the mining industry began to decline.

With the decline of mining, Valley County's economy shifted towards agriculture and timber. Farmers settled in the area, taking advantage of the fertile soil and favorable climate for crop cultivation. The timber industry also flourished, making use of the abundant forests in the region. To support these industries and facilitate transportation, railroads were built, connecting Valley County to the rest of Idaho and beyond.

Today, Valley County is primarily known as a popular tourist destination, offering opportunities for outdoor recreation such as hiking, fishing, boating, and skiing. The area's rich history is still visible in the form of historic buildings, landmarks, and museums, providing a glimpse into the past.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Valley County, Idaho.

  • Established: 1917
  • Incorporated: 1918
  • Early settlements: 1860s to 1870s
  • Gold discoveries in Warren Creek: 1862
  • First post office in McCall: 1892
  • Sheep industry thrives: late 1800s to early 1900s
  • McCall becomes an important timber center: early 1900s
  • Construction of Payette River Dam: 1922 to 1927
  • Growing tourism industry in McCall: mid-1900s
  • Valley County Airport opens near Cascade: 1948
  • Opening of Brundage Mountain Ski Resort: 1961
  • Creation of Payette Lake State Park: 1965
  • Payette River Scenic Byway established: 1989
  • Development of Tamarack Resort: late 1990s
  • Population growth and increased tourism: present day