MOUNT IDAHO

NAME: Mount Idaho
COUNTY: Idaho
ROADS: 2WD
GRID: 2
CLIMATE: Cool winter and summer.
BEST TIME TO VISIT:
Anytime.
COMMENTS: Just off the highway, see the cemetery.
REMAINS: Many original buildings and the cemetery.
Mount Idaho may have been the first in the State, or in the Country for that matter, to have a toll road. If so, it was built around 1860 by a Mose Milner and a partner. It was forty-five miles of pack train trail and collected tolls for its use. Because of permanent injuries suffered in a fight with a mountain lion, Milner was forced to sell his cabin, small hotel and the toll road. The purchaser was a Loyal P. Brown, the founder of the town of Mount Idaho. In fact, Brown owned the land upon which the town built. A post office was opened in 1862. A larger hotel was built in 1873 and a stage line was opened between Lewiston and Mount Idaho. The Nez Perce war started about 1875, a war between the settlers in the region and an Indian Chief known as Chief Joseph. Mount Idaho's hotel became the hospital and a doctor from Lewiston came along with several nurses. The dead were buried in Mount Idaho Cemetery which today is one of the town's most interesting sites. Submitted by Henry Chenowith.

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