Leadore, Idaho

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Leadore is a ghost town in Lemhi County, Idaho, United States. The population was 70 in the 1990 census and is currently at 90 from the 2000 census.



The town of Leadore dates from 1910, when the Gilmore and Pittsburgh Railroad was constructed from Armstead, Montana over Bannock Pass and into the Lemhi Valley. This occurred because the original location for the train station in the town of Junction had to be altered when the owner of the land refused to sell. The town was home to the railroad's repair shops, and was the point where the railroad's branch line to Gilmore connected with the main line. Though the railroad ceased operating in 1939, Leadore has remained the largest town in the immediate area.

In 2001 a replica of the town's old railway station was constructed in Leadore. The new building serves as the town's community center.


Leadore is located at 44°40′47″N 113°21′38″W / 44.67972°N 113.36056°W / 44.67972; -113.36056 (44.679604, -113.360664).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.9 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 90 people, 43 households, and 20 families residing in the city. The population density was 275.1 people per square mile (105.3/km²). There were 66 housing units at an average density of 201.7/sq mi (77.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 100.00% White.

There were 43 households out of which 23.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.9% were married couples living together, 2.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 51.2% were non-families. 46.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.09 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.4% under the age of 18, 1.1% from 18 to 24, 24.4% from 25 to 44, 28.9% from 45 to 64, and 21.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 91.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $11,786, and the median income for a family was $13,750. Males had a median income of $32,188 versus $16,250 for females. The per capita income for the city was $9,452. There were 47.6% of families and 44.8% of the population living below the poverty line, including 50.0% of under eighteens and 28.6% of those over 64.

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