Shoshone County, Idaho

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Shoshone County is a county located in the U.S. state of Idaho. The county was established in 1864, named for the Native American Shoshone tribe. The population was 13,771 at the 2000 census; it was estimated at 12,838 in 2007.[1] The county seat is Wallace.[2] Shoshone County is commonly referred to as the Silver Valley, due to its century-old mining history. The Silver Valley is famous nationwide for the vast amounts of silver, lead, and zinc mined from it.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,636 square miles (6,826 km²), of which 2,634 square miles (6,822 km²) is land and 2 square miles (4 km²) (0.06%) is water.

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