Welcome to Benewah County
This county is available for adoption. If you are interested in becoming the County Coordinator for
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Benewah County was established January 23, 1915 from part of Kootenai County. It was named for a Coeur d'Alene Indian chief. Most of the Couer d'Alene Indian Reservation lies within the westerly portion of the county.
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.
Benewah Co. covers 787 square miles and had a population of 9,171 in 2000. The St. Joe River flows through the north end of the county and Lake Chatcolet is the central feature of Heyburn Park. The St. Joe National Forest is the southeasterly portion of the county.
The county seat is at St Maries.
St Maries, ID 83861-1886
Phone: (208) 245-3212
Fax: (208) 245-3046
Other towns include:
Plummer ~ Santa ~ Fernwood ~ Tensed ~ Sanders ~ Chatcolet ~ DeSmet ~ Emida
Thank you for visiting the Benewah County Idaho GenWeb Site! If you would like to adopt this county, please contact the State Coordinator.
We would like to thank Kelly Erickson and Tim "Pita" Harper for all the work they did on this site.
Updated 18 January 2014, Sharon McConnel, Ass't State Coordinator
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