Benewah County ID GenWeb

ID Gen Web Project St Joe National Forest in Benewah County, ID


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. Most of the Coeur d'Alene Indian Reservation lies within the westerly portion of the county.

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 County split from Kootenai County on January 23, 1915. Benewah County is named for a Coeur d'Alene Indian chief.

The county seat is at St. Maries.

County Clerk
  County Courthouse
  St Maries, ID 83861-1886
  Phone: (208) 245-3212
  Fax: (208) 245-3046

Other towns include:
Plummer  ~  Santa  ~  Fernwood  ~  Tensed  ~  Sanders  ~  Chatcolet  ~  DeSmet  ~  Emida

Benewah Co & neighbors



We would like to thank Kelly Erickson, Tim "Pita" Harper, and Kerry Rae Moser for all the work they did on this site.

Updated 07 August 2017, Laury Kenton, County Coordinator

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