Cassia County, Idaho
A COUNTY PROUD OF ITS HERITAGE
Christine Storey is County Coordinator
Cassia County was created in 1879
from the parent County of Owyhee and a Temporary County seat was approved 20 Feb 1879. On April 7 1879 Marsh Basin was appointed as temporary County seat. The County was divided into seven precincts: Cassia Creek, Clear Creek, Goose Creek, Marsh Basin, Oakley, Rock Creek and Sublett. On April 14 1879 two more precincts were formed, Salmon Falls and Bonanza Bar. The county seat was Albion until 13 Jan 1919 when it was moved to Burley. There were many mixed feelings towards the County seat being moved.
County officers declared elected as County and Precinct officers as of June 9 1879 were: Probate Judge James H. Chase; Sheriff J.E. Harrington; Auditor and Recorder S.P. Weatherman; Treasurer M.G. Robison; Assessor T.M. Gray; County Commissioners C.M. Gray, R.A. Beecher and Sidney Kelly; Coroner J.D Burch; Surveyor Frank Riblett. Precinct Justice of Peace were; Salmon Falls, M. O'Conner; Rock Creek, A.D. Norton and Lars Larson; Oakley, James Chaplow; Goose Creek, J.E. Miller and W.D. Robbins; Sublett, J. Galliger and Henry Powers; Bonanza Bar, Tho. Henry; Clear Creek, H.A. Baker; Marsh Basin, Josiah Bridger and R.N. Howell.
Cassia County consists of the communities of
Albion, first called Marsh Basin but changed in 1877. Became County Seat in 1879 -1919. Post Office 1879. Almo, Early stage stop on the Boise-Kelton stage route, Post Office 1882. Burley, First named Commerce, J.E. Miller, I.B. Perrine and David E. Burley platted the town in 1905. Declo, Founded in 1870, Formerly called Marshfield, Mormon settlement. Elba, Formerly called Cassia Creek then Beecherville, also settled by Mormons in 1871. Malta, founded in 1890, Post Office in 1883.
Oakley, Once called Goose Creek Crossing. Settled by Mormon families from Toole Utah in 1878-1880. Sublett, In 1865 ranchers settled the area followed by Mormons in 1877. Post Office 1880-1936.
:Communities and Settlements Left Behind Along The Way , Not forgotten:
Basin, 4 miles East of Oakley in Central part of county, Post Office 1883-1909, Mormon settlement dating from 1878. Churchhill, North West part of county, 13 miles N.W. of Oakley, Originally Golden Valley, Post Office 1915-1930, Early Mormon settlement 1880-1882. Goosecreek, Named by members of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company, Name changed to Thatcher. Post Office in 1878. Gunnell,
named 'ed for early settler and first Post Master Frank O. Gunnell. Hazel, Named for Hazel Stoddard, Post Office 1904-1905, early community. Heglar, Small trading center in a dry farming and livestock area, Post Office 1912-1930. Island, On a island formed by two forks of Goose Creek, Post Office 1882-1916, N.W. part of county. Jackson. Marion, Named in 1885,Mormon Community in 1881, Post office 1885-1918. Moulton, Post Office 1910-1930. Naf, Post Office 1898 and was a Mormon settlement. Standrod, Originally thought to be in Box Elder County Utah, State line was surved and determined to be in Idaho, Early farming community. Starrhs Ferry, First known as Jessie with Post Office 1882-1905 than re-named for George Starrh in 1889, Post Office re-named in 1909-1912. Strevell, Post Office 1913-1924, Farming Community. Tipton, Post Office 1911-1914. View , Community. Yale, Post Office 1890-1936, A ranching area on U.S. Highway 30 and Raft River. Idahome, Post Office 1914-1965.In 1916 the railroad was extended from Declo to Idahome.
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Page updated January 2014
Chris Storey 2005-2014
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