Alturas County, Idaho
(A Defunct Idaho County)

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Alturas County

Alturas County was a county in Idaho Territory and later the State of Idaho from 1864 to 1895. It covered an area larger than the states of Maryland, New Jersey and Delaware, combined. Most present-day southern Idaho counties were created at least in part from the original Alturas County area. The name Alturas comes from a Spanish word for "mountain summits" or "mountainous heights."

Alturas County was created by the Idaho Territorial Legislature in February 1864. Later that year the mining camp of Rocky Bar was designated the county seat. The county seat was moved to Hailey in 1882.

In 1889, the Idaho Territorial Legislature created Elmore County and Logan County from parts of Alturas County. On March 5, 1895, to circumvent a recent state supreme court decision striking down an earlier county reorganization, the Idaho Legislature combined Alturas and Logan Counties into a new county called Blaine. Two weeks later on March 18, the southern portion of the newly-created Blaine County was split off to form Lincoln County with its county seat at Shoshone. Hailey remained the county seat of what is now Blaine County and Alturas County disappeared from the Idaho map.

1881 Map of the Territory of Idaho

1881 Map of the Territory of Idaho
Showing Alturas County

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January 2018
John H. Lynch; submitted by Robin Line.



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