|In 1832, Salmon was a popular winter nesting place for famous mountainmen, including Jim Bridger, Joe Meek, Henry Fraeb, Captain Bonneville, and Kit Carson. That year, it also became home to the Hudson Bay Trading Company, the Rocky Mountain Fur Company, and the American Fur Company. Despite these early visits from white men, the town waited over three more decades for its official establishment.
Situated at the convergence of the Lemhi and Salmon Rivers, this scenic community boomed in 1866 as a supply center for Leesburg Basin miners. In 1867, Idaho’s first governor, George L. Shoup, gathered help from his influential associates and platted out the Salmon City townsite. Named after the abundant salmon that once populated the region’s rivers, the town shortened its name in 1869 when a post office was established and it became seat of Lemhi County.
Today, the town serves as a recreational launching site for whitewater enthusiasts, anglers, hikers, campers, equestrians, and hot springs lovers.
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