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Bovill, Idaho
Location of Bovill in Latah County, Idaho.
Location of Bovill in Latah County, Idaho.
Country United States
State Idaho
County Latah
 • Total 0.16 sq mi (0.41 km2)
 • Land 0.16 sq mi (0.41 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
2,874 ft (876 m)
 • Total 260
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,622.64/sq mi (625.48/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 208
FIPS code 16-09730
GNIS feature ID 0399805

Bovill is a city in Latah County, Idaho, United States. The population was 260 at the 2010 census, down from 305 in 2000.


Bovill was named for a settler. Hugh Bovill was an Englishman who bought the Warren Meadows homestead in 1901 to ranch. With the rapid infusion of loggers, homesteaders, and sportsmen, Bovill and his wife Charlotte opened a hotel in 1903, which included a store and post office in 1907. The railroad arrived that same year and as logging activity increased nearby, the town became too wild for the couple and their two daughters, and they left in 1911 (Hugh died in 1935 in Oregon, Charlotte in 1947 in California).

On 15 April 1912, the workers at the Number 4 and Number 8 camp near Bovill of the Potlatch Lumber Company went on strike for better rations and a twenty-five cent per day pay raise. Notice of the strike was published in the Industrial Worker, a weekly newspaper of the Industrial Workers of the World which was published out of Spokane, Washington at the time.

The Bovill Opera House, at 2nd and Pine, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.


Bovill is located at 46°51′33″N 116°23′40″W / 46.85917°N 116.39444°W / 46.85917; -116.39444 (46.859187, -116.394491), at an elevation of 2,874 feet (876 m) above sea level on the east bank of the Potlatch River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.19 square miles (0.49 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 589
1930 572 −2.9%
1940 447 −21.9%
1950 437 −2.2%
1960 357 −18.3%
1970 350 −2.0%
1980 289 −17.4%
1990 256 −11.4%
2000 305 19.1%
2010 260 −14.8%
2019 (est.) 258 −0.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 260 people, 105 households, and 68 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,368.4 inhabitants per square mile (528.3/km2). There were 127 housing units at an average density of 668.4 per square mile (258.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.5% White and 3.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.4% of the population.

There were 105 households, of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.4% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.2% were non-families. 27.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.03.

The median age in the city was 43 years. 25.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.3% were from 25 to 44; 32% were from 45 to 64; and 15% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.5% male and 48.5% female.

The median home price in Bovill was an estimated $72,500 in 2011.

Bovill in literature

In the 2009 novel Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse, a handful of Midwestern people relocate from Chicago to a retreat near Bovill due to hyperinflation and subsequent economic collapse of the United States.

Bovill is also briefly mentioned in the novel "The Last Full Measure" by Trent Reedy, the third book of Reedy's "Divided We Fall" trilogy.

Historic Hotel Bovill

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