(Payette County)

The Idaho Encyclopedia
By Vardis Fisher, State Director
Compiled by the Federal Writer's Project of the Works Progress Administration, 1938
Page 113

Washoe (Payette County)
Half mile below the point where the Malheur River runs into the Snake, southwest of Payette, in the south central part of the county. The area known as Washoe is a fine body of land almost entirely bounded by the left bank of the Payette River and the right bank of the Snake River. It contains about 600 acres, of which four fifths was converted into an island when A. Rossi and Ridenbaugh built a headgate at the Payette River and constructed a ditch for the purpose of running logs to their sawmill. When A. Rossi and his family lived here, they had a small store and post office in addition to the mill. The region is now devoted to the raising of stock and the growing of hay and grains. Mining experts state that there is gold underlying Washoe's fields.

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