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Leadore, Idaho
Location of Leadore in Lemhi County, Idaho.
Location of Leadore in Lemhi County, Idaho.
Country United States
State Idaho
County Lemhi
Area
 • Total 0.31 sq mi (0.80 km2)
 • Land 0.31 sq mi (0.80 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
5,971 ft (1,820 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 105
 • Estimate 
(2019)
106
 • Density 343.04/sq mi (132.62/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
83464
Area code(s) 208
FIPS code 16-45910
GNIS feature ID 0396775

Leadore is an incorporated small town in Lemhi County, Idaho, United States. The population was 105 at the 2010 census.

History

GilmoreAndPittsburgh-01
A train of the Gilmore & Pittsburgh Railroad pauses at the railway's depot in Leodore, August 1912.

The town of Leadore dates from 1910, when the Gilmore and Pittsburgh Railroad was constructed from Armstead, Montana over Bannock Pass and into the Lemhi Valley. This occurred because the original location for the train station in the town of Junction had to be altered when the owner of the land refused to sell. The town was home to the railroad's repair shops, and was the point where the railroad's branch line to Gilmore connected with the main line. Though the railroad ceased operating in 1939, Leadore has remained the largest town in the immediate area.

In 2001 a replica of the town's old railway station was constructed in Leadore. The new building serves as the town's community center.

Geography

Leadore is located at 44°40′47″N 113°21′38″W / 44.67972°N 113.36056°W / 44.67972; -113.36056 (44.679604, -113.360664).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.31 square miles (0.80 km2), all of it land.

Climate

Leadore has a steppe climate (BSk) according to the Köppen climate classification system.

Climate data for Leadore (1965-2012)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 53
(11.7)
56
(13.3)
69
(20.6)
77
(25)
91
(32.8)
97
(36.1)
102
(38.9)
99
(37.2)
91
(32.8)
84
(28.9)
69
(20.6)
56
(13.3)
102
(38.9)
Average high °F (°C) 29.8
(-1.22)
34.8
(1.56)
41.8
(5.44)
51.9
(11.06)
62.5
(16.94)
72.1
(22.28)
84.2
(29)
82
(27.8)
71.3
(21.83)
57.7
(14.28)
40.8
(4.89)
29.8
(-1.22)
54.9
(12.72)
Average low °F (°C) 3.7
(-15.72)
8
(-13.3)
16.6
(-8.56)
23.8
(-4.56)
30.7
(-0.72)
37.7
(3.17)
41.7
(5.39)
40
(4.4)
32.6
(0.33)
25.1
(-3.83)
16.2
(-8.78)
5.7
(-14.61)
23.5
(-4.72)
Record low °F (°C) -38
(-38.9)
-38
(-38.9)
-19
(-28.3)
-5
(-20.6)
4
(-15.6)
19
(-7.2)
24
(-4.4)
22
(-5.6)
10
(-12.2)
-14
(-25.6)
-22
(-30)
-40
(-40)
-40
(-40)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.34
(8.6)
0.21
(5.3)
0.43
(10.9)
0.68
(17.3)
1.34
(34)
1.27
(32.3)
0.77
(19.6)
0.69
(17.5)
0.85
(21.6)
0.61
(15.5)
0.44
(11.2)
0.43
(10.9)
8.05
(204.5)
Snowfall inches (cm) 3.7
(9.4)
2.1
(5.3)
2.5
(6.4)
2.5
(6.4)
0.4
(1)
0.3
(0.8)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.2
(0.5)
0.6
(1.5)
2.3
(5.8)
3.4
(8.6)
18
(46)
Avg. precipitation days 2 2 3 4 7 7 4 4 4 4 3 3 47
Source: WRCC

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1950 159
1960 112 −29.6%
1970 111 −0.9%
1980 114 2.7%
1990 74 −35.1%
2000 90 21.6%
2010 105 16.7%
2019 (est.) 106 1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 105 people, 48 households, and 24 families residing in the city. The population density was 338.7 inhabitants per square mile (130.8/km2). There were 81 housing units at an average density of 261.3 per square mile (100.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 100.0% White.

There were 48 households, of which 29.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.7% were married couples living together, 2.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 50.0% were non-families. 50.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 31.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 3.38.

The median age in the city was 41.3 years. 27.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.1% were from 25 to 44; 25.8% were from 45 to 64; and 20% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.4% male and 48.6% female.

Notable People

Dennis M. Hilliard, District Ranger for the USDA Forest Service Leadore Ranger District from March 2003 through June 2008. First President of the Upper Lemhi River Chamber of Commerce, service from April 2004 through June 2008. Volunteer Fire Fighter for the Leadore Community Volunteer Fire Department from 2003 through June 2008. Dennis was one of the founders of the Eastern Idaho Houndsman Association. An avid hunter and houndsman who raised Bluetick Coonhounds.

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