History of Adams County

A brief history of our County and Cities

Indian Valley

Indian Valley (at 3,002 feet) is located in the southern part of the County near the Washington County line.

A large basin along the Little Weiser River was referred to as “Indian Valley” because of the Weiser Shoshoni that often wintered there, its climate being milder than that of others. Permanent settlement began in Indian Valley in 1868. The Weiser Shoshonis showed these new settlers how to harvest and preserve salmon.

In 1873 a post office was established, which is still in service today. In 1874 a mail route was established that passed through Indian Valley. It was also on the stage coach route, with the stage company’s headquarters located at a ranch there.

Indian Valley remains a thriving community with a post office and general store as well as citizens active in all areas of community life, including church and public gatherings and a rural fire department with emergency medical technicians.