Lemhi County, Idaho

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Lemhi County is a county located in the U.S. state of Idaho. The county was established in 1869, named after Fort Lemhi (or Limhi), a remote Mormon missionary settlement from 1855-58 in Bannock and Shoshone territory.[1] As of the 2000 Census the county had a population of 7,806 (2007 estimate: 7,717).[2] The largest city and county seat is Salmon.[3]



According to the United States Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 4,570 square miles (11,835 km²), of which 4,564 square miles (11,821 km²) is land and 5 square miles (14 km²) (0.12%) is water. The highest point is Scott Peak at 11,393 feet (3472 m) above sea level, and the lowest point is the Salmon River as it exits on the county's western border with Idaho County at approximately 3,000 feet (914 m). The river cuts through the center of Lemhi County before turning west. The county's eastern border with Beaverhead County, Montana, is the continental divide.

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