Emmett Idaho History:
The Emmett Idaho area was settled after gold was found in the Boise Basin in the early 1860s. The town was originally named Emmettville after the son of an early settler in the area. The “ville” was later dropped and the town became Emmett. In 1900 the town was incorporated. Emmett was located at the convergence of two-stage and pack train routes joining at the Payette River.
After the gold mines closed down, irrigation projects made it easier to grow crops and fruit, including cherries, and expansion of the community continued.
Emmett Idaho is the county seat of Gem county with an estimated population of 6717 people in 2016. Emmett sits at an elevation of 2362 ft.
Arts & Culture:
Gem County Historical Society Museum The museum is open to the public year-round Wednesday – Saturday 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM & by appointment. They do offer extended hours during the Emmett Cherry Festival in June.
You will find displays detailing the history of early life in the Emmett Valley, beginning with the Native Americans, trappers, miners, and settlers. The complex is made up of 5 buildings: The Main Museum Building, The Hunt House, The Blacksmith Shop, The Bunk House, and The Little Red School House.
Parks & Recreation:
Emmett Cherry Festival
Emmett has been holding the Cherry Festival since the 1930’s making it the longest-running festival. The Cherry Festival is held every year on the 2nd full week of June to celebrate the abundance of the valley. Festival events include concerts, carnivals, parades, as well as other community events. This is a family-friendly event and admission is always free!
Harvest Festival & Street Fair
This event is held to celebrate the hard work of the community of Emmett growing and harvesting the area’s crops. Held in October every year, this is a free event featuring food vendors, arts & craft vendors, and entertainment. You will also find local orchards available for picking. Activities you might participate in include the Pumpkin painting contest, Hayride & Pumpkin Decorating, Farmer’s Market, Zucchini Cook-Off & Biggest Zucchini Contest, and more!
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