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Elmore County was established February 7, 1889 with its county seat at Rocky Bar. The county was named for the Ida Elmore mines, the area's greatest silver and gold producer of the 1860's. The Oregon Trail crossed the Snake River at Three Island Crossing near Glenns Ferry. A station on the overland stage route, originally named Rattlesnake, was moved to the railroad line and became Mountain Home. 4 February 1891 the county seat was moved to Mountain Home. Communities in Elmore County include: Atlanta, Featherville, Glenns Ferry, Hammett, King Hill, Mountain Home, and Rocky Bar. Elmore county is home to three of Idaho's major reservoirs; Lucky Peak, Anderson Ranch, and Arrowrock and is also home to Idaho's only major military installation, Mountain Home Air Force Base.

Elmore County is surrounded by Boise County on the north; Blaine County, Camas County, Gooding County and Twin Falls County on the east; Owyhee County on the south; and Ada County on the west. Elmore County was formed from now-defunct Alturas County.

WHAT'S NEW? Easily determine what has been added to this site since your last visit.
ARCHIVES-IDAHO Contains lots of goodies
ARCHIVES-US GENWEB Contains lots of goodies
BIBLIOGRAPHY A suggested reading list for Elmore County history.
BIOGRAPHIES Under development
CEMETERIES Updated, but we need more Elmore County cemetery transcriptions. Won't you help?
CHURCHES A list of Elmore County churches, along with contact info.
DEATHS Transcribed by Jeanne.
FUNERAL MEMORIAL CARDS An additional birth and death source, courtesy of Theresa Harding
MAILING LIST To subscribe to the Elmore County mailing list
MAPS All kinds of helpful maps to aid your research.
MILITARY RECORDS Contains alot of great information along with soldier biographies.
MOUNTAIN HOME AF BASE A little information about Idaho's only major military installation.
OBITUARIES This is just a beginning. Please feel free to submit any family obits that you may have for posting.
OREGON TRAIL The Oregon Trail crosses through Elmore County. Further info will be coming soon.
PHOTOS Under development. Please send your Elmore County photos in for posting.
QUERIES Post all Elmore County-related queries on the Rootsweb Boards.
RED CROSS A history of the Red Cross in Elmore County
RESOURCES Where to write for records
TIMELINE OF IDAHO HISTORY A timeline is sometimes helpful in determing where your ancestor was at a given time.
TOWNS AND VILLAGES From the USGS Geographic Names Information System
WILLS AND PROBATE INDICES Prepared by W. David Samuelson at Sampubco.
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Email Vikki Gray, the County Coordinator if you have any questions.
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Acknowledgements: A big thank you to the previous Elmore County Coordinators Charlotte Slater and Alvin Jones. Your contributions are appreciated. If I have missed anyone please drop me a line so I can give you the proper credit too.
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