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Caribou County, Idaho

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  • Almira Jane Huddleston Hall (1840 - 1912)
    Birth in Woodville, Adams, Iowa Reference: Find A Grave Memorial - SmartCopy : Jan 28 2018, 20:36:50 UTC

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Robert Stuart explored the area of Soda Springs in 1812. Donald Mackenzie also explored the area in 1819. The explorers were followed by trappers, missionaries, and emigrants that would travel through on the Oregon Trail. Soda Springs' namesake springs were an attraction for the trappers who met there to socialize on November 10, 1833. Missionaries and emigrant Journal entries describing the springs date back to John K. Townsend's journal entry of July 8, 1834.

In May, 1863, members of the Morrisite religious sect took refuge at the junction of Soda Creek and Bear River where they formed Morristown. At the direction of General Patrick E. Conner, a fort was constructed in the Fall of 1863 for their protection. Soda Springs was established as the county seat of Oneida County when it was created January 22, 1864, serving as the county seat until 1866. The 1870 census lists a population of 144 for Soda Springs. Settlement of the present town of Soda Springs occurred in May, 1871 when Brigham Young and other Mormons purchased land at the present site of Soda Springs. Young would often recreate on his property holdings there.

Settlement in the western portion of the county from Thatcher to Chesterfield was primarily ranching and farming operations up until 1880. Chester Call, Chesterfield's namesake arrived in 1880, bring his family in 1881. The towns of Chesterfield and Squaw Creek Station were settled in 1882. Squaw Creek Station was the initial name for Bancroft that was established when the railroad was built. It was renamed Bancroft on July 23, 1898. Settlement at the town of Grace commenced in 1893. Chesterfield declined in population while Grace and Bancroft endured.

Adjacent Counties

Cities & Communities

  • Bancroft (formerly Squaw Creek Station.)
  • Conda
  • Freedom (formerly Salt Springs)
  • Grace
  • Henry
  • Soda Springs
  • Wayan



Cache National Forest (part)

Caribou National Forest (part)

Grays Lake Nat'l Wildlife Refuge (part)

Caribou County Courthouse