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Welcome to Latah County!

In the 1870's settlers began taking up the rich land of the Palouse country. A mail route between Moscow and Lewiston was established in 1872 and the first railroad, the Northern Pacific, reached Moscow in 1885. The Weyerhauser interests built a lumber mill at Potlatch in the early 1900's. Clays of economic importance are found near Bovill. . . "Idaho Almanac," 1977.

Latah County is named for Latah Creek and is the only county in Idaho created by an act of Congress. The act created Latah County from Nez Perce County in May 1888. Moscow was established as the county seat making it possible for the land grant University of Idaho to be located there a year later (in 1889).

About the County

Latah is derived from the Nez Perce words "Lah" that means the place of pine trees, and "Toh" sestle, because the Indians found stones here suitable for pulverizing camas roots and shade under the pine trees in which to work.

Latah County is located in the panhandle of Idaho along the Washington border. Cities include: Bovill, Deary, Genesee, Juliaetta, Kendrick, Moscow, Onaway, Potlatch, Princeton, Troy and other unincorporated communities. County Seat: Moscow

About the County Coordinators

David & Karen Purtee are the new County Coordinators and live in Latah County just outside of Moscow. They are avid genealogists and are looking forward to building a site with genealogical and historical information for the area. They plan to add additional volunteers to be available to help you with your questions and inquiries about Latah County. At this time, please direct questions, suggestions, or complains to

Neighboring Counties

Benewah county is located north side of Latah county. While on the east side there are two counties: Shoshone and Clearwater counties. On the south side is Nez Perce county. On the west side is the state of Washington with Asotin, Garfield, and Whitman counties at the border.

Here's a resourceful information about Latah County at Idaho State University (ISU) website: Latah County Map & Info

Latah County Links

History Index
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Mailing List

Photos & Postcards
References & Sources
Local Resources
On-Line Resources

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About the GenWeb Projects

The IDGenWeb ProjectOne of the newer states, Idaho has a short but interesting history that includes mountain men, many American Indian tribes, mining, cattlemen and sheepherders, outlaws and law abiding pioneers, and a broad spectrum of immigrants from all over the world. Idaho, also, has about the most diverse topography of all the states, including high mountain ranges, forests, probably more running water than any other state, lakes, lava fields, deserts, and lush farmlands.

It was originally a part of the Oregon Territory. Idaho became a territory in 1863 (which included at the time most of Montana and Wyoming) and then became a state in 1890. There are currently 44 counties, in which it includes portions of four different Indian reservations.

Each county have a volunteer coordinator or host or hostess, with an associated website. We would love to hear from you if you find our resources useful, if you would like to volunteer to become a county coordinator, if you have problems to report or suggestions to make, and especially if you have some information you would like to contribute to our effort.

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