County, Idaho Genealogy and History
(A Defunct Idaho County)
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1883, this courthouse holds two unique distinctions among Idaho
courthouses. It is the oldest functioning courthouse in the State of
Idaho. It was constructed to serve Alturas County after the county seat
moved from Rocky Bar to Hailey. On March 5, 1895, the state legislature
combined Alturas and Logan Counties into Blaine County. This
structure no longer houses the court proceedings but houses the county
clerk, assesor's, etc offices. It is listed on the National Register of
A Little Bit of History
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
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.
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