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Welcome to Camas COUNTY

In the early 1850’s Goodale’s Cutoff was a heavily used emigrant route that ran the length of Camas Prairie.

During those years the Bannock Indians would gather in the area during the summer and hunt wild life and gather Camas (wild onion) and Yampas (wild carrot) roots to store for winter use.

Camas county is full of history, stories, dreams and beauty.



  Camas County was formed on February 6, 1917 from Blaine County consisting of eleven hundred square miles. It has been under the jurisdiction of ten separate counties, between 1843 and 1917.  They are in order of their creation; Champaign, Linn, Wasco, Shoshone, Idaho, Boise, Alturas, Logan, Alta and Blaine, either by the first Territory or State of Idaho. Alturas County was the second largest county created by the first Territorial Legislative Assembly.  Old Alturas known as  the "Empire" county, extending from Boise east to the Little Lost River, north from  the Sawtooth Range and south to the Snake River. On December 11, 1882 at the 12th session of the Idaho Territorial Legislative Assembly, a bill to create a county from the western end of Alturas called Camas was introduced.  Thus after a Long and involved controversy concerning the creation of counties from the original  Alturas, Camas County was formed.

The County seat is at Fairfield. Camas County consists of the small mining towns of Soldier, Corral, Camas, Hill City and Fairfield although it once had nine small towns.

Camas was named for the lily-like plant found in the area with an edible bulb, gathered in the summer and used by the Bannock Indians and then by settlers. .


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Christine Storey is the Gen Web County Coordinator for this county. 

This site was updated May 22, 2016 2011



The USGENWEB Project Land of the free

Western Marriage Index

Idaho State Gen Web

My Early Years: Essays by an Idaho cowboy

Civil War Veterans Of Camas County

Camas Prairie Pioneers

Camas County Archives

Camas County Sheriffs

Idaho Death Index      1911-1951 and Death Notices

Town past and present

Idaho Gen Web Archives

Alturas County Census, Land Records, WWI Draftees

Camas County Schools 1883-1990

Camas County Early Post Offices

Old Newspapers

Camas Early Epidemics

Cemeteries and Churches

Old Obituaries from Newspapers

Camas County Volunteers


Camas County, Idaho, History Site

Camas County Photo Album

Old Disease Names


Idaho Penitentiary Inmates Files 1864-1975



County Clerk
County Courthouse
Fairfield, ID 83327-0430
Phone: (208) 764-2242
Fax: (208) 764-2349

Camas County Historical Society
General Delivery  Fairfield, ID 83327


Fairfield Train Depot Museum

120 Willow Ave. E., Fairfield, ID. 83327

Camas County Public Library
519 First St
PO Box 292
Fairfield,  ID   83327


Books to read

(1)A brief History of Camas prairie Idaho by Lucy M. Nelson. (2) The Gods of Soldier Mountains by Katherine Burns. (3) History of Camas County Idaho by John F. Ryan. (4) Lasting legacy 1890-1900 Camas County by Nan Reedy & Lena Nash Rice



CORRAL CEMETERY 2 miles north, 8 miles west of Fairfield, Camas Co. ID                                      


HILL CITY CEMETERY Near Hill City, Camas Co. ID 


MANARD CEMETERY 2 miles east, 4 miles south of Fairfield, Camas Co. ID (not maintained but county owned)


MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY 5 miles north of Fairfield, Camas Co. ID


SCATTERED GRAVES various locations in Camas County Idaho. (On farms, ranches and in the mountains.)



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