There are forty-four Counties in Idaho. When Idaho became a territory in March, 1863, there were four Counties in existence: Boise, Idaho, Nez Perce and
Shoshone. By the time Idaho became a state, there were 15 counties. The rest of the 44 Counties came into existence during the 30 years after Idaho became a state. Two of the former counties disappeared
during this time. Alturas, which was created in 1864, was later divided into the many counties now found in
central Idaho. Logan County was only in existence for six years, from 1889 to 1895. It was combined with Alturas
to form Blaine County and Lincoln County, which was formed just two weeks after Logan lost its identity.
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Bear Lake County Education, Geography, and History
BearLake County is a county in the state of Idaho. Based on the 2010 census, the county had a
population of 5,986. The county was created in 1875 in the Idaho Territory, fifteen years
before statehood. The countyseat is
Paris. Bear Lake county is named after Bear Lake.
Etymology - Origin of Bear Lake County Name
Bear Lake County is named for Bear Lake, which lies partly within the county and partly within Utah.
Established January 5, 1875 with its county seat at Paris. Named for Bear Lake, which lies half in Idaho and Half in
Utah. In 1863 the first permanent settlement was at Paris, established by forty Mormon families who came in wagons, in
ox carts and on foot over very difficult terrain from Cache Valley, Utah.
Geography: Land and Water
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,049 square miles (2,720 km2), of which 975 square miles (2,530 km2)
is land and 75 square miles (190 km2) (6.1%) is water.
Bear Lake county is located in southeast Idaho. Bear Lake, a
large alpine lake at an elevation of 5,924 feet (1,806 m) above sea
level. The northern half of the 20-mile-long (32 km) lake is in Idaho,
the southern half in Utah. The county is centered around Bear Lake Valley and includes the surrounding mountain
ranges. The valley is high in the mountains, with its lowest elevation over 5,900 feet (1,800 m) above sea level. The highest point in the
county is Meade Peak at 9,957 feet (3,035 m).