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Wardner, Idaho
Wardner in 1904 (foreground), separated from Kellogg (middle ground), by the conical hill called Haystack Peak
Wardner in 1904 (foreground), separated from Kellogg (middle ground), by the conical hill called Haystack Peak
Location of Wardner in Shoshone County, Idaho.
Location of Wardner in Shoshone County, Idaho.
Country United States
State Idaho
County Shoshone
 • Total 0.87 sq mi (2.26 km2)
 • Land 0.87 sq mi (2.26 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
2,657 ft (810 m)
 • Total 188
 • Estimate 
 • Density 201.83/sq mi (77.95/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 208, 986
FIPS code 16-85240
GNIS feature ID 0400161

Wardner is a city in Shoshone County, Idaho, United States. Located in the Silver Valley mining region, the population was 188 at the 2010 census, down from 215 in 2000.


Wardner is located at 47°31′23″N 116°8′3″W / 47.52306°N 116.13417°W / 47.52306; -116.13417 (47.523164, -116.134190), at an elevation of 2,657 feet (810 m) above sea level.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.86 square miles (2.23 km2), all of it land.


The city was named for Jim Wardner, an early promoter of the Bunker Hill and Sullivan mine in the 1880s and a seller of corner lots in the city. Born in Wisconsin in 1846, he held various occupations in Arizona, California, Utah, Wisconsin, South Dakota, and Washington state. After his time in the Silver Valley of Idaho, he followed the mining booms to South Africa, British Columbia, and the Klondike; he published his autobiography in 1900 and died in El Paso, Texas in 1905.

In 1892, and again in 1899, angry union miners converged on the Bunker Hill mine during confrontations with mine owners.

Hard rock miners in Shoshone County protested wage cuts with a strike in 1892. After several lost their lives in a shooting war provoked by discovery of a company spy, the U.S. army forced an end to the strike. Hostilities erupted once again in 1899 when, in response to the company firing seventeen men for joining the union, the miners dynamited the Bunker Hill & Sullivan mill. Again, lives were lost, and the army intervened.

The gondola for the Silver Mountain ski resort passes over the town.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 1,369
1920 704 −48.6%
1930 903 28.3%
1940 861 −4.7%
1950 772 −10.3%
1960 577 −25.3%
1970 492 −14.7%
1980 423 −14.0%
1990 246 −41.8%
2000 215 −12.6%
2010 188 −12.6%
2019 (est.) 176 −6.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 188 people in 75 households, including 60 families, in the city. The population density was 218.6 inhabitants per square mile (84.4/km2). There were 118 housing units at an average density of 137.2 per square mile (53.0/km2). The racial makup of the city was 95.2% White, 1.1% Native American, 1.6% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.7%.

Of the 75 households 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.0% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 12.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 20.0% were non-families. 16.0% of households were one person and 5.3% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.62.

The median age was 46 years. 20.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.8% were from 25 to 44; 35.1% were from 45 to 64; and 16.5% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.6% male and 48.4% female.

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