Welcome to Benewah County
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 9,285 in 2010. 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
We would like to thank Kelly Erickson, Tim "Pita" Harper, and Kerry Rae Moser for all the work they did on this site.
Updated 14 December 2015, Laury Kenton, County Coordinator
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