Blaine County, Idaho

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Blaine County is a county located in the U.S. state of Idaho. As of the 2000 Census the county had a population of 18,991 (2007 estimate: 21,560).[1] The county seat and largest city is Hailey.[2] The county is home to the Sun Valley ski resort.

Blaine County was created by the Idaho Legislature on March 5, 1895, by combining Alturas and Logan Counties.[3] Its present boundaries were set on February 8, 1919, when a western portion became Camas County.[4]

The county is named after former congressman and 1884 Republican presidential nominee James G. Blaine.[3]

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History

The Wood River Valley in present-day Blaine County was organized as part of Alturas County by the Idaho Territorial Legislature in 1864.[5] By the 1880s the area became noted for its mining ecnonomy. In 1882 the county seat of Alturas County was moved from Rocky Bar in present-day Elmore County to Hailey, in response to a population shift from Rocky Bar - which would eventually become a ghost town - to the Wood River Valley.[6]

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