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New Meadows, Idaho
PIN Railroad Depot in 2007
PIN Railroad Depot in 2007
Location of New Meadows in Adams County, Idaho.
Location of New Meadows in Adams County, Idaho.
Country United States
State Idaho
County Adams
 • Total 0.59 sq mi (1.54 km2)
 • Land 0.58 sq mi (1.51 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
3,868 ft (1,179 m)
 • Total 496
 • Estimate 
 • Density 919.52/sq mi (354.78/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 208, 986
FIPS code 16-56890
GNIS feature ID 0387535

New Meadows is a rural city in Adams County, Idaho, United States, at the southern and upper end of the Meadows Valley, on the Little Salmon River. Located in the west central part of the state, just south of the 45th parallel, the population was 496 at the 2010 census, down from 533 in 2000. New Meadows is located at the junction of the primary north-south highway in the state, U.S. Route 95, and State Highway 55, which connects it with McCall and Boise.


The city of New Meadows hosts the last surviving Pacific and Idaho Northern (PIN) Railroad Depot. Without the Pacific and Idaho Northern Railroad, New Meadows would arguably not have existed. The PIN Railroad ran from Weiser to an area about two miles (3 km) from Meadows, thus creating the site of modern-day New Meadows, founded in 1911.

The depot was built in 1910 and served as the northern end of the PIN Railroad. It is a significant cultural and historical resource, located in the Payette River Scenic Byway corridor in the city of New Meadows, at the junction of US-95 and state highway 55. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The depot is an asset for the community of New Meadows and currently functions as a community center for the local area. It hosted the Barn Again! Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition in 2005, and represents early twentieth century efforts to create a north-south railroad for Idaho. Though the efforts ultimately failed, the PIN Railroad served an important function as a "farm-to-market" railroad until 1940, and then as a timber railroad for local timber outfits.

The Union Pacific acquired the line in 1936 and in 1979 abandoned the northern end of the line, from the Tamarack sawmill site north of Council to New Meadows, along US-95. The depot was a functioning facility until 1972. In 1978, ACHS acquired the title to the PIN Depot to preserve it as a repository for the history of Adams County. Since 2000, the building has been preserved from immediate deterioration. The foundation has been restored and the building now has a new roof.


Two established alpine ski areas, Brundage Mountain and the Little Ski Hill are less than ten miles (16 km) to the east, both on the west side of the Valley/Adams county line. The MeadowCreek golf resort (originally "Kimberland Meadows") is a few miles northwest of town. Payette Lake and the surrounding areas in McCall offer numerous recreational opportunities, and further north along US-95 is Riggins, the gateway to the Salmon River and the Seven Devils Mountains. Five miles (8 km) north of New Meadows is Zim's Hot Springs.


  • US 95.svg - U.S. Route 95
  • ID-55.svg - State Highway 55 - Payette River Scenic Byway

New Meadows is approximately 115 miles (185 km) north of Boise, accessed via State Highway 55, the Payette River Scenic Byway, a designated national scenic byway. It heads north from Eagle in Ada County to Horseshoe Bend in Boise County, and climbs the whitewater of the Payette River to Cascade and McCall in Valley County. The route turns west at Payette Lake in McCall and ends at New Meadows at the junction with U.S. Route 95.


New Meadows is located at 44°58′13″N 116°17′7″W / 44.97028°N 116.28528°W / 44.97028; -116.28528 (44.970405, -116.285283), at an elevation of 3,868 feet (1,179 m) above sea level.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.53 square miles (1.37 km2), of which, 0.52 square miles (1.35 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.026 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 141
1930 220 56.0%
1940 264 20.0%
1950 621 135.2%
1960 647 4.2%
1970 605 −6.5%
1980 576 −4.8%
1990 534 −7.3%
2000 533 −0.2%
2010 496 −6.9%
2019 (est.) 537 8.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 496 people, 201 households, and 136 families residing in the city. The population density was 953.8 inhabitants per square mile (368.3/km2). There were 264 housing units at an average density of 507.7 per square mile (196.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.4% White, 0.4% Native American, 3.2% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.8% of the population.

There were 201 households, of which 34.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.2% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.3% were non-families. 24.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.91.

The median age in the city was 35.9 years. 27.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.4% were from 25 to 44; 28.5% were from 45 to 64; and 10.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.2% male and 48.8% female.


The only school in New Meadows is the Meadows Valley School, which houses all thirteen grades, K-12. The school mascot is the mountaineer, and the school colors are orange and black.

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