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Thousand Springs

Gooding County was named for Frank R. Gooding, an Idaho governor and U.S. Senator. The Malad River was trapped in the early 1800's by mountain men and fur trappers. The rich agricultural lands of Hagerman Valley attracted settlers in the 1860's. Sheep and cattle ranchers were established about the beginning of the 20th century, and the North Side Canal opened much land to irrigation. The springs that gush from the north wall of the Snake River Canyon provide water of constant temperature for fish farms, which supply about 90 percent of the processed trout sold in the nation. The Oregon Short Line was built through the county in 1883 with a station at Bliss. Hagerman Valley is an attraction for writers and artists who make their home there. Fossil beds** near Hagerman have attracted widespread scientific interest and a proposal has been made to establish the beds as a national monument. Agriculture and aquaculture are the county's principal industries. -- "The Idaho Almanac," 1977 Edition, State of Idaho."

**Now Hagerman Fossil Beds, National Monument

Main towns include:
Gooding (county seat), Hagerman and Wendell.

ISU Atlas for Gooding County.

Neighboring Counties
Camas Co. ::  Lincoln Co. ::  Jerome Co. ::  Twin Falls Co. ::  Elmore Co.

GenWeb Resources
Gooding County Message Board
GenWeb Archives, Gooding Co.
includes Cemetery Records, Lincoln County Carey Act Certificates & Patents 1909-1911 & 1916-1917, Marriage Records, Obituaries, Photographs, World War I Draft Registrations
GenWeb Archives, Statewide Records   includes Idaho Death Records Index 1911-1951
Idaho Penny Postcards
Rootsweb Mailing List USGenWeb Kidz Project
1880 & 1900 census at ISU 1870 & 1880 non-population census
Census Finder US-Census.org
1940 Census
familysearch.org searchable index and page images

1940 census page images at National Archives

1940 enumeration district maps - Once there select the "State", and go to "County" and then click on "Get ED Map Images" and you will get the entire county.
Other Resources
BYUI Western States Marriage Index
Family Search
includes 1880 census transcription, extracted marriage records, submitted family sheets, new wiki
Idaho Family Group Sheets Surname Helper
Social Security Death Index Idaho Vital Records Information
Government Land Office records Patents (homesteads, cash sale and livestock) & maps
Other Links
Gooding County Historical Society
The National Register Idaho State Historical Society
ITD Historic Markers Idaho Post Offices
Census Quick Facts Gooding County - Idaho Government
Gooding Chamber of Commerce visitid.org

We would like to thank Sally Walker for all the work she did on this site.

Updated 19 January 2014

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