Gem County

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Gem County is named for the nickname of Idaho, the “Gem State”, and the fruit growers called the valley “Gem of Plenty”.


Created:  March 15, 1915

County Seat: 

Emmett  1915 – present


County Courthouse – Emmett 


Location:  415 East Main Street / South McKinley Avenue

Built:  1938 – 1939

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:   Frank Hummel of Tourtellotte and Hummel of Boise

Contractor:  David Richardson of Caldwell


Description:  The building  faces north and is a two story gray colored stone, concrete and glass structure. The center section projects from the main building and rises above the roof line. The entrance is recessed with a recessed window above on the second story. Vertical dividers separate the windows. The roof line is flat. The building was constructed as a Works Project Administration project.



N – Adams County

E – Valley County and Boise County

S – Ada County and Canyon County

W – Payette County and Washington County














Photos taken 2009