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Shoshone County, Idaho

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  • Mary Wilhelmina Oja (1884 - aft.1960)
    Ylistaro, Syntyneet 1864-1885 "Maria Wilhelmina, born 31/12-1884; baptized 4/1-1885. Daughter to Hirvilammi, Farmers son, Gustaf Samuelsson and his wife Lisa Gustafsdotter." New York, U.S, Arriving ...
  • Jenny Elisabet Vihonen (1908 - aft.1981)
    Amerikansuomalainen nainen, vanhemmat muuttaneet Suomesta Yhdysvaltoihin. Shoshone, Idaho Births, 26/9-1908 Jenny Elisabet born on the 26th of September 1908 in Mullan, Shoshone County, Idaho. Daugh...
  • Albert Oja (1884 - aft.1924)
    It's been told that Albert emigrated via the port of Narvik (incorrect), and then met his brother-in-law, Oskar Uusitalo in America. Oskar later bought Albert's inherited land in Kainulasjärvi and buil...
  • Maria Josefiina Jaakontytär Vehkaluoma (1863 - 1954)
    Kauhajoki syntyneet 1851-1871 (AP I C:6) Sivu 324 01.06.1863 ; SSHY / Viitattu 26.02.2023 Kauhajoki rippikirja 1867-1874 (MKO161-180) Sivu 848 Kauhajoki by, N:o 7 Pukkila (itsellisiä) ; SSHY / Viitatt...
  • William John Hill (1917 - 1974)
    "United States Census, 1920", database with images, FamilySearch( : 1 February 2021), William Hill in entry for Victor Hill, 1920. "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch ( : ...

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The county was established in 1864, named for the Native American Shoshone tribe.

Shoshone County is commonly referred to as the Silver Valley, due to its century-old mining history. The Silver Valley is famous nationwide for the vast amounts of silver, lead, and zinc mined from it.

Hard rock miners in Shoshone County protested wage cuts with a strike in 1892. After several lost their lives in a shooting war provoked by discovery of a company spy, the U.S. army forced an end to the strike. Hostilities erupted once again in 1899 when, in response to the company firing seventeen men for joining the union, the miners dynamited the Bunker Hill & Sullivan mill. Again, lives were lost, and the U.S. Army intervened, requested by Governor Frank Steunenberg, as the Idaho National Guard troops were still stationed in the Philippines following the Spanish–American War. Steunenberg was assassinated outside his residence in Caldwell in 1905, nearly five years after leaving office, and the subsequent trials in Boise in 1907 made national headlines.

Much of the county was burned in the Great Fire of 1910, including part of the town of Wallace.

Adjacent Counties

Cities & Communities

  • Adair
  • Avery
  • Big Creek
  • Burke
  • Calder
  • Cataldo
  • Clarkia
  • Enaville
  • Gold Creek
  • Hoyt
  • Kellogg (County Seat)
  • Kingston
  • Mullan
  • Murray
  • Osburn
  • Pinehurst
  • Silverton
  • Smelterville
  • Wallace
  • Wardner



Nat'l Reg. of Hist. Places

Clearwater National Forest (part)

Coeur d'Alene Nat'l Forest (part)

St. Joe Nat'l Forest (part)