Winchester, Idaho

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Winchester is a city in Lewis County, Idaho, United States. The population was 308 at the 2000 census.



The city was named in 1900 during a meeting to establish a school district. While considering the possibilities, an individual looked at the stack of Winchester rifles stacked at the door and suggested the name, which was approved. A half mile (1 km) outside of town is Winchester Lake State Park, established in 1969. Originally it was a mill pond, created in 1910 by damming Lapwai Creek. The sawmill closed in 1963 after the mature timber in the area had been cut.[1]


Winchester is located at 46°14′27″N 116°37′24″W / 46.24083°N 116.62333°W / 46.24083; -116.62333 (46.240935, -116.623396),[2] in the northwestern part of the Camas Prairie, its highest elevation. Within the boundaries of the Nez Perce Indian Reservation,[citation needed] it lies at an altitude of 3,980 feet (1,213 m).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 308 people, 135 households, and 88 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,699.7 people per square mile (660.7/km²). There were 158 housing units at an average density of 871.9/sq mi (338.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.81% White, 1.30% Native American, 1.30% from other races, and 2.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.32% of the population.

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