Parent County: Original
Co. Seat: Cities
Rocky Bar, Hailey
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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 was now Blaine County and
Alturas County disappeared from the Idaho map. On March 5, 1895, the county of Blaine was created. The first
section of the act creating Blaine County reads as follows: "The counties of Alturas and Logan are hereby abolished
and the county of Blaine is hereby created, embracing all of the territory heretofore included with in the boundary
lines of said Alturas and Logan Counties." The county seat was located at Hailey. On March 18, 1895, the county of
Lincoln was created out of the county of Blaine and the county seat located at Shoshone.
The "act to abolish the counties of Alturas and Logan and to create and organize the county of Blaine," provided that
"Sidney Kelley, Fred W. Gooding and Israel T. Osborn, shall be the county commissioners of said county, H. H. Clay,
treasurer, J. J. McFadden, probate judge and ex-officio superintendent of public instruction, Andrew J. Dunn,
coroner, and Frank C. Mandell, surveyor. Of the two persons elected in said Alturas and Logan Counties at the last election to each of the offices of sheriff, of assessor and ex-officio tax collector, and of clerk of the district court and
ex-officio auditor and recorder, during the first year one shall be the officer and the other shall be his assistant or
deputy, and during the second year they shall exchange positions, and the clerk of the district court and ex-officio
auditor and recorder for the third and fourth years shall alternate as herein provided, and that unless they can
agree among themselves upon the order in which they shall so occupy such office, the Board of County
Commissioners of Blaine County shall determine the same." All the above named officers qualified. The following
also qualified: Geo. W. Richards, clerk of district court and ex-officio auditor and recorder, Thomas Fenton, Sheriff,
and James M. McPherson, assessor and tax collector. The creation of Lincoln County on March 18, 1895, legislated
County Commissioner Fred W. Gooding out of office in Blaine County for the reason that he was no longer a resident
of Blaine County. John E. Schad was appointed County Commissioner by the governor. He presented his
commission and qualified. Logan County was a county in Idaho Territory and later the state of Idaho from 1889 to
1895. Logan County was created from parts of Alturas County by the Idaho Territorial Legislature in 1889 with
Bellevue as its county seat. Six years later, the Idaho Legislature attempted to return Bellevue to Alturas County,
but the plan was struck down by the state supreme court. In response on March 5, 1895, the Idaho Legislature
combined Logan and Alturas 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
and Logan County ceased to exist. Bellevue became part of Blaine County.
More information on Alturas County is available at the Idaho State Historical Society's Public Archives and Research Library. See Reference Series No. 112.