County seat of Gem County, Emmett, Idaho is part of the Boise City-Nampa Metropolitan Statistical Area and is located about thirty miles northwest of Boise. With an estimated 2012 population of 6,516 residents, Emmett continues to maintain its small town charm and hospitality. Although Emmett is well-known for hosting several festivities and events during the year, such as the Emmett Cherry Festival in June and the Harvest Festival & Street Fair in October, the town and surrounding area offers other points of interest to residents and visitors.
Emmett has a rich history that can be explored at the Gem County Historical Society and Village Museum, which is open year-round and admittance is free. The Gem County Historical Society sponsors a free annual event called ‘A River Through Time’ each October where they “celebrate the people who settled the Payette River between 1859 and 1946.” In full costume, the Society reenacts period scenes such as emigrants from the Oregon Trail, fur traders, blacksmiths, gold miners, Civil War volunteers, and cowboys. Another historical interest in Emmett is the Freezeout Hill Memorial.
Nine hundred and fifty engraved bricks memorialize members of the armed forces, “veterans, firemen, policemen, doctors, lawyers, politicians, mothers, fathers, children, as well as aunts and uncles” at the Freezeout Hill Memorial. This beautiful site overlooks the Emmett Valley and is courtesy of the men and women of the American Legion Post 49 and other contributing members. When visiting the memorial, one can reflect upon the individuals recognized here while admiring the breath-taking, natural scenery.
The natural setting of the Emmett Valley allows for various recreational activities. Twenty-six minutes from Emmett is 545 acres of daytime-use recreational area called Eagle Island Park. This park includes a 9-hole disc golf course, a waterslide, multi-use trails, fishing and swimming. Another site for recreation is the Black Canyon Diversion Dam.
Built on the Payette River, the Black Canyon Diversion Dam diverts water to large irrigation canals to meet the irrigation needs of the valley. The US Department of Interior Bureau of Reclamation states that the dam “provides irrigation water to roughly 1,760 farms in Gem and Payette Counties.” With its two unit powerplant, the dam also “generates 62 million kilowatt hours annually” which supplies the “Southern Idaho Federal Power System for Bureau of Reclamation project uses and for non-project purposes.” Next to the dam are five parks with gazebos to rent and camping areas.
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