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Welcome to Shoshone County!
Main Cities include:
Kellogg, Mullan, Osburn, Smelterville and Wallace (county seat)
| Shoshone County Scrapbook
over 300 indexed images of marriages, deaths, accidents, war clippings, snippets, etc.
|Shoshone County Census Indexes 1870, 1880 & 1900|
|Maps & Towns|
"Shoshone County is named for a southern Idaho Indian Tribe. The county was originally created in Washington Territory in January of 1861 and included the Shoshoni Indian country in southern Idaho western Wyoming. Its present boundaries took shape in 1909 after a number of divisions. Mountain men travel through the county in the early 1800's, and Catholic missionaries were here in the 1840's and 1850's. Captain John Mullen constructed a road of sorts through the county in 1860-61. The discovery of lead, zince and silver in 1884 near present-day Kellogg drew a heavy population to the area. A narrow-gauge train was constructed to Wallace in 1887. Labor-management troubles flared in the Coeur d'Alenes in 1890's. Since the 1884 discovery, billions of dollars worth of minerals have been taken from Coeur d'Alenes, in which are the largest lead and silver mines in the United States." - Idaho Almanac, State of Idaho, 1977.
"Established 4 Feb 1864 with its county seat at Pierce. In 1885 the county seat was moved to Murray, in 1890 to Osborn, and finally to Wallace in 1893." - Robert Stach, former Shoshone County Coordinator
Anyone researching their ancestors in Shoshone County should be aware of the important connection between Shoshone County, Bonner County, Kootenai County, Spokane, WA and Rossland & Trail, B.C., Canada. To not look at these connections could mean missing your ancestor completely. Spokane, Rossland and Trail are all innerconnected to Shoshone County, particularly if your ancestor was in the mining industry. Miners came to Shoshone County from Rossland and Trail after the mines dried up in British Columbia. You can track your ancestors crossing the Canadian Border via films from the Mormon Library Family History Center, called the St Albans Border Crossing. If you suspect or know your was a miner, you can contact the Lei Roi Mining Museum in Rossland, B.C., to see if they have any records. Additionally, Spokane, WA was built by money from the Silver Valley Mining industry. Contact the Eastern Washington Genealogy Society in Spokane, WA to see if they have any information on your ancestor. Most miners made migrations through Bonner County, ID to get from Rossland to Shoshone, and many left Shoshone eventually to live in Kootenai County. The lesson here is to check all surrounding counties!
For vital records requests within the county, you can write to:
700 Bank Street
Wallace, Idaho 83873-2348
Phone: (208) 752-1264
Fax: (208) 752-1264
Shoshone County website
We would like to thank past coordinators Robert Stach, Nancy Russell and Mary Ellis for all the work they did on this site.
Updated August 2011