Grace, Idaho

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Grace is a city in Caribou County, Idaho, in the United States. The population was 990 at the 2000 census.

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History

The area of Grace was once inhabited by the Shoshone Indians. White settlement dates back to the mid-to-late 19th century.[citation needed] The Oregon Trail passed within 4 miles (6.4 km) of Grace. Unlike other nearby historic towns such as Paris and Franklin, Grace was not originally settled by Mormon pioneers, but has since become a predominantly Mormon-populated town. The economy in and around Grace has traditionally been driven by agriculture, with potatoes, alfalfa, grain, dairy and ranching being the main staples.

Geography

Grace is located at 42°34′34″N 111°43′47″W / 42.57611°N 111.72972°W / 42.57611; -111.72972 (42.576245, -111.729599).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.6 km²), all of it land.

Grace is one of the northernmost cities along the Wasatch Range which extends approximately 160 miles (260 km) south, and is only 1-mile (1.6 km) west of the large fault line that defines the range. Grace is located near the center of Gem Valley.

In stark contrast to the surrounding mountains, the valley floor in the immediate area of Grace is flat due to volcanic activity in the area some 30,000 years ago. The lava flow that created the valley also diverted the Bear River from its Pacific drainage into the Great Basin. This was a significant contributor to the growth of the prehistoric Lake Bonneville of which the Great Salt Lake is a remnant. Lake Bonneville reached its farthest north advance about four miles southwest of Grace before it broke through the earthen barrier at Red Rock pass north of Preston, Idaho. The Bear River today runs to the north and west of Grace and terminates in the Great Salt Lake.

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