History of Adams County

A brief history of our County and Cities

New Meadows

New Meadows (3,865 feet) is named for the lovely meadows where it is located. (There was already a Meadows community.) It is located at the junction of Idaho highways 55 and 95. Settlement began in 1864. In 1878 it was called Whites Mail Station.

In 1910 the north terminal for the P&IN (Pacific & Idaho Northern) Railroad was to be located at Meadows. However, due to a dispute between community officials and the president of the company, Edgar M. Heigho, the line was built one and a half miles east of Meadows and the place was named “New Meadows.” Heigho was instrumental in designing the town’s layout. Several streets are named after his wife and children. The post office was established in 1911.

Today New Meadows continues to thrive. The town is home to a US Forest Service Ranger Station, has a fire department, ambulance and emergency medical technicians, airport services, and several businesses which serve not only the local population, but also travelers, tourists, and sportsmen as well.