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Nestled in Stanley Basin at the foot of the Sawtooth Mountains, the small community of Stanley serves as the southern access point into the Sawtooth Wilderness Area. As with many other Idaho towns, Stanley’s roots lie in the mining era. In the summer of 1863, Captain John Stanley led a group of twenty-three prospectors from Warrens to this area. The men found insignificant traces of placer gold in the basin and quickly moved on in search of better prospects. However, Stanley’s name remained, and in 1890, the first settlers and business owners moved in. Although a post office began operating in 1892, Stanley wasn’t officially recognized as a town until 1919. The town’s picture perfect setting has been recognized in The New York Times and National Geographic, and a variety of recreational users help support Stanley’s economy.

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