Welcome to the Emmett Valley of Southwest Idaho!
One hundred-fifty years ago, in 1862, Tim Goodale led a wagon train across the Payette River, then north, up Haw Creek . . .(Goodale Grade)
Fur trappers were in the area as early as 1818 . . .
Later in 1862 the Gold Rush to the Boise Basin came up the Payette River valley . .
The next summer farmers along the river started raising crops to supply the Boise Basin mines . . .
Nathaniel Martin and Jonathan Smith built a ferry crossing just west of the present-day bridge . . .
Squire Martin established a post office . . . (Post Office History)
Membership meetings and guest speaker programs are held on theTuesday of each month, September through May, at 7:00pm in the museum. Visitors are always welcome.
Gem County Historical Society sponsors River through Time, an annual free event, the first weekend in October. It celebrates the people who settled the Payette River between 1859 and 1946. Other events are held through out the year.
We're glad you've stopped by to explore the colorful heritage of this beautiful valley!
2014 Historical Society Calendar now available - $12
Gem County's Oldest Plank House, built in 1878 - needs to be moved to a public location
Contributions may be mailed to the museum at 501 E. 1st, Emmett, ID 83617
or dropped by the museum, afternoons, W-Sa
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updated 20 February 2014
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Serving Gem County since 1973. ~ © 2008-2013.
Wednesday - Saturday 1:00pm - 5:00pm & by appointment ~ Extended hours during The Cherry Festival in June.
501 E. First St, Emmett, Idaho 83617 ~ (208)365-9530