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Main towns include:
Bliss, Gooding (county seat), Hagerman and Wendell.
ISU Atlas for Gooding County.
Gooding County was created in 1913 from Lincoln County. The area was originally part of Alturas County, which no longer exists. The County seat is Gooding, which was named for pioneer sheep rancher and US Senator Frank Robert Gooding. It is bounded on the south by the Snake River. The Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument is in this county.
The Malad River was trapped in the early 1800's by mountain men and fur trappers. The rich agricultural lands of Hagerman Valley attracted settlers in the 1860's. Sheep and cattle ranchers were established about the beginning of the 20th century and the North Side Canal opened much land to irrigation. The Oregon Short Line was built through the county in 1883 with a station at Bliss.
We would like to thank Sally Walker for all the work she did on this site.
Updated September 2011