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Craigmont, Idaho
Location of Craigmont in Lewis County, Idaho.
Location of Craigmont in Lewis County, Idaho.
Country United States
State Idaho
County Lewis
 • Total 0.78 sq mi (2.02 km2)
 • Land 0.78 sq mi (2.01 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
3,740 ft (1,140 m)
 • Total 501
 • Estimate 
 • Density 629.34/sq mi (242.86/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 208
FIPS code 16-19270
GNIS feature ID 0399839

Craigmont is a city in the northwest United States in Lewis County, Idaho. Located on the Camas Prairie in north central Idaho, it is within the Nez Perce Indian Reservation. The population was 501 at the 2010 census, down from 556 in 2000.


The city is named for Colonel William Craig (1809–69), a mountain man who had a Nez Perce wife. He settled at Lapwai near his father-in-law Hin-mah-tute-ke-kaikt or James in 1840 when he gave up being a fur trapper due to the collapse of the market for beaver.

The Nez Perce Reservation was opened to white settlement 128 years ago in 1895, and a town named "Chicago," a mile west of the current Craigmont, was founded in 1898. In response to not getting their mail from the post office, it was renamed "Ilo" four years later, after Ilo Leggett, daughter of town founder and merchant W.O. Leggett. A fire burnt the town in 1904 and shortly thereafter the Camas Prairie Railroad bypassed the town and started a settlement, platted by Lewiston financier John P. Vollmer, on the northeast side of the railroad tracks, and he named it "Vollmer." Ilo responded and moved its community to the southwest side of the tracks, adjacent to Vollmer. After a decade-long feud and the consolidation of the school districts, the communities merged in 1920 to become Craigmont.


Craigmont is located at 46°14′32″N 116°28′14″W / 46.24222°N 116.47056°W / 46.24222; -116.47056 (46.2422, -116.4705), on the Camas Prairie. Located within the Nez Perce Indian Reservation,, nicknamed for his skill in dealing with the encroaching whites; he is buried in Kamiah.


Northbound U.S. Route 95 was formerly routed westward through Craigmont as Main Street, then resumed westward toward Winchester. The highway was re-routed in 1991 and now bypasses Craigmont on its south side. Southbound, the new route between Craigmont and Ferdinand stays out of the canyon, crossing it on a 919-foot (280 m) bridge (photo) which opened in October 1991 and passes over the site of the previous 82-foot (25 m) bridge, built in 1948. After the bridge, the southbound highway passes to the east of Ferdinand, a new routing completed in 1993.

Eastbound from Craigmont, State Highway 62 connects to Nezperce, the county seat.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 496
1940 528 6.5%
1950 594 12.5%
1960 703 18.4%
1970 554 −21.2%
1980 617 11.4%
1990 542 −12.2%
2000 556 2.6%
2010 501 −9.9%
2019 (est.) 489 −2.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 501 people, 230 households, and 149 families residing in the city. The population density was 659.2 inhabitants per square mile (254.5/km2). There were 261 housing units at an average density of 343.4 per square mile (132.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.2% White, 0.6% Native American, 1.0% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 1.6% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.0% of the population.

There were 230 households, of which 21.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.3% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.2% were non-families. 31.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.68.

The median age in the city was 49.4 years. 18.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 18.2% were from 25 to 44; 37.8% were from 45 to 64; and 19.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.7% male and 50.3% female.


Craigmont is the home of Highland High School, with an average of 20 to 25 students per graduating class. The Huskies compete in athletics at the IHSAA Class 1A level. The Highland Joint School District #305 was established in 1962 and includes Craigmont, Winchester, Melrose, and Reubens. The current campus of the school was constructed in 1952.

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