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There are44 Counties in Idaho.
Counties are the largest political divisions within the state.

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 27 years later, 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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Benewah County, Idaho

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Benewah County is a county located in the state of Idaho. As of the 2010 census the county had a population of 9,285. The county seat and largest city is St. Maries. The county was established on January 23, 1915 from sections of Kootenai County and was named for a chief of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe.

Etymology - Origin of Benewah County Name

Benewah County is named for a Coeur d'Alene Native American leader.


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Benewah County History

Established January 23, 1915, with its county seat at St. Maries, by an act of the state legislature from the southern part of Kootenai County. Named for a Coeur d'Alene Indian chief. Some settlement began after the completion of the Mullan Road in 1860, but most settlers came to the area after the discovery of gold near St. Maries in 1880.


According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 784 square miles (2,030 km2), of which 777 square miles (2,010 km2) is land and 7.3 square miles (19 km2) (0.9%) is water. It is the northern part of the Palouse, a wide and rolling prairie-like region of the middle Columbia basin.

Neighboring Counties:

  • North: Kootenai County
  • East: Shoshone County
  • South: Latah County
  • Southwest: Whitman County, Wash.
  • Northwest: Spokane County, Wash.


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