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There are currently 3142 county and county equivalents (parishes in Louisiana, boroughs in Alaska and independent cities in Virginia). One item on my personal bucket list is to visit every single county. I have currently been to 2444 counties - about 78%.

This thread is to inform gas buddies about the US counties and provide a forum for others to comment on or to post about these counties.
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I live in Warren County,Mississippi. It right across from Delta,Louisiana. The Mississippi River goes through Warren County that part of it is in Louisiana. We are a population of 48,218. The city inside of Warren County is Vicksburg. Part of the Civil War was fought in Vicksburg,MS. It is very nice here.
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ə we now are in fremont county.
lying in the northeast corner of the southern portion of idaho, it borders the state to the (north)east to the north and the one to the (south)east to the east. clark is to its northwest. named for john fremont, an explorer of the west and for whom the county in iowa was also named, it was created from bingham co in mar 1893, its license plate designation is 2f, pop. 13242, and about a quarter of them live in the seat of saint anthony. area is 1985.59 mi²/4910 km² with 29.84/75 thereof as water, the majority of which is in island park lake and henry’s lake.
i have hitchhiked through it, but never driven there.
we now have seen 22 counties, or exactly half of the ones in the state, and have been through only five letters as there were none beginning with the fourth one! the rest are more spread out through the alphabet.

the next one is almost due west, but no road goes there directly. probably the easiest way is to go back west on u-20, following i-84 along the co-brand until 20 splits off again, and going through boise to id-55, then taking that north to id-52 and west to emmett. ə

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ə we both did that one!
franklin county is in far southeastern idaho. it borders the state to the south(east). north is bannock, northeast caribou, and east b. l. its license plate designation is 1f. the eponym is not ben, but franklin richards, an apostle for the mormon church. pop. is 12786, about forty per cent of whom live in the seat, preston. it was organized jan 1913 from oneida co. area is 666.69 mi²/1731 km² with 2.92/8 water.
i have yet to be in franklin county though have been in every one that surrounds it. i had planned to pick it up in may 2014, but was unable to do so due to time constraints.

to reach the next one, we go back north on u-91 to i-15, and exit onto u-20 eb through idaho falls. from there, we drive to st. anthony which will be our rest stop. ə
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Elmore County is a county located in the U.S. state of Idaho. As of the 2010 census, the population was 29,130. The largest city and county seat is Mountain Home.
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ə i left out something in my discussion of clearwater co. i meant to say about one-third of the population live in the seat, but the fraction never got in there. also, in the post about cassia co, i meant to say i traversed it west to east on i-84, then later on i-84 westbound coming in from the state to the south.
elmore county is next. (if you have elmore, do you also have emless? ☻)
its license plate designation is just e. seat (where i told us to go) is mountain home. boise is to the north, custer touches at the northeast corner, blaine is to the northeast also, camas east, and ada west. population is 27038 with just over half in the seat. the eponym is the ida elmore mines, which produced gold and silver in the 1860s.
it was created in feb 1889 from alturas co, with seat rocky bar. two years later, that designation was transferred as part of moving a station on the oregon trail. area is 3100.51 mi²/8030 km², of which 22.93/59 is water. most of that is in two reservoirs, the arrowrock (shared with ada co) and anderson ranch. the snake river makes up most of what is left.
i have both driven and hitchhiked through elmore co, the former in may 2014 and the latter in sep 1979.

to reach the next one, beginning with the letter following, we get on i-84 eb to i-86 and that to i-15 sb, to where u-91 splits off in the same direction, until we land in preston. ə

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ə is the water really clear in that river? ☺
more on clearwater co:
license plate symbol 6c, it borders only one we have seen so far, benewah, and its eastern edge is with the state to the (north)east. just over of the population live in the seat. area is 2488.1 mi²/6444 km², of which 26.7/69 is water. i can’t tell where the majority of the water area is.
i’m curious about these french names of tribes (nez perce, pend oreille, etc.). did the french name them by corrupting the tribal name they couldn’t pronounce, or did the tribe call themselves something similar and it was mistranscribed?
clearwater co is another which i have yet to travel in. i have, however, been to astoria, or, the terminus of the lewis and clark expedition.

to reach the next county on the list, we go back east on u-12, leaving the state, turning south on u-93, coming back in state, and stopping at challis.

the new one:
custer county is in the central part of the northern region of the (wider) southern area. its license plates display 7c, pop. 4368 with about a quarter thereof in the seat, challis, and the eponym is obvious: the general who fought several battles with the sioux and so forth. creation date was jan 1881, and it was carved from alturas and lemhi counties. butte co is to its southeast, blaine south and southwest, and boise west. area is 4926/12758 with 11.34/29 as water. most of that water area is in some small lakes, with jimmy smith being the largest.
i was not in this one either.
note that, with only three letters completed, nineteen counties have been discussed! that is only three below half of them!

we skip a letter to go to the next county. the route is u-93 south to id-75, that south to u-20, west past i-84, to mountain home (not sure of what highway it is that goes there). ə
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Clearwater County is a county located in the U.S. state of Idaho. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,761. The county seat is Orofino. Established in 1911, the county was named after the Clearwater River.

The Clearwater River and Lolo Pass, in the southeast corner of the county, were made famous by the exploration of Lewis and Clark in the early 19th century. Following an arduous trek through the Bitterroot Mountains, suffering through a mid-September snowstorm and near starvation, the Corps of Discovery expedition camped with the Nez Perce tribe on the Weippe Prairie outside of present-day Weippe in 1805. With the assistance of the Nez Perce, the expedition recuperated and constructed burned-out canoes at Canoe Camp in October 1805 and then paddled down the Clearwater, Snake, and Columbia rivers and met the Pacific Ocean a month later at present-day Astoria, Oregon.
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Clark County is a rural county in the U.S. state of Idaho. As of the 2010 Census the county had a population of 982, making it the least populous county in Idaho. The county seat and largest city is Dubois. The county was established on February 1, 1919, partitioned from Fremont County. It was named for State Senator Sam K. Clark, an early pioneer on Medicine Lodge Creek.
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ə clark county lies in the northern portion of the wider southern part of idaho. butte, to its southwest, is the only one we have seen so far; its northern border is the state to the (north)east. its license plate symbol is 5c, seat dubois, and pop. 982 with about two-thirds in the seat, making it the least-populous county in the state. the eponym is sam clark, not the one from the famous expedition, but a later one, who was an early settler and served in the idaho senate. it was partitioned from fremont co in feb 1919, meaning that it is one of the more modern counties in the state. if we go west from dubois and pick up a gravel road right by the interstate, we will go through the tiny community of small.
area is 1765.21 mi²/4572 km² with 0.58/2 of it water. that is, about two people every three square miles!
i never have been in clark county.

the next one is in the northern section. to reach it, i recommend that we go north on i-15 out of state to where u-12 splits off, take that westbound, reënter the state, and keep on it till we hit orofino. after that, we have only three counties north of that one to visit, so our trips to the northern part will taper off considerably.
all these trips out of state cross the continental divide, marking the point where water flows toward a different direction therefrom. ə
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ə btw, interesting note on the camas school.
more on caribou co:
it borders the state to the (south)east, and to the north-northeast is bonneville co, south-southeast bear lake, and west bannock. about two-fifths of the residents of caribou county live in soda springs. its license plate designation is 3c. area is 1798.62 mi²/4658 km², of which 32.61/84 is water. most of that water area is in the blackfoot reservoir, with a smaller portion in grays lake, which, as was already discussed, lies mostly in bonneville co.
i drove though it in may 2014. i hope to return some day and see the springs that give the seat its name.

there is no short direct route to the next county. the easiest is u-30 wb to i-15, north to i-86, west to i-84, and west on that to the exit to burley on id-27.

the new one:
cassia county borders the state to the south(east). its name origin is uncertain: either cassia creek or james cazier, a member of the mormon battalion. some also think it may have been the cassia plant. its license plate symbol is 4c, and pop. 22952, with slightly under half in the seat, burley, part of which lies in the county to the north. it borders on no county we have seen thus far. its creation date was feb 1879, and it was partitioned off owyhee co, which today is fairly large, but must have been enormous then! area is 2580.31/6683 with 13.86/36 water. the map is unclear as to where most of that water is, but the snake river does flow through it, and appears to be fairly wide.
i drove through it twice: once on i-84 from the west and later on i-84, on the same day in may 2014. i also hitchhiked through it on my 1979 excursion.

next up is one farther north. we go east on i-84 to i-86 to i-15, and north on that to id-22 at dubois. if we go much beyond that, we leave the state. ə
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Caribou County is a county located in the U.S. state of Idaho. As of the 2010 Census the county had a population of 6,963. The county seat and largest city is Soda Springs. Caribou County was formed on February 11, 1919, by the Idaho Legislature by a partition of Bannock County. It was the last county formed in the state, three days after Jerome County, and was named for the Caribou Mountains.
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ə we now find ourselves in canyon county.
in the far western part of the south portion of idaho, canyon county, whose name origin is in doubt as to which canyon is meant, borders the state to the (south)west and lies west of ada co. pop. is 188923, making it the second most populous county in the state, and about a sixth of those live in the seat, caldwell, while over a third are in nampa. it was created in mar 1891 from ada co.
its license plate symbol is 2c.
area is 603.51 mi²/1563 km² with 13.79/36 thereof water, most of which is in lake lowell.
i hitchhiked there in sep 1979, and drove in it in may 2014.

to reach the next county on the list, we go back to i-84 eb, to i-86 eb and i-15 sb, and exit onto u-30 past bannock co. soda springs is a good resting place. ə
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Yeah, sorry about Butte - wasn't paying attention. I am going to double dip on Camas County as I teach at a school named after the Camas plant (Camas Prairie Elementary).

Camas County is a county in the southern portion of the U.S. state of Idaho. As of the 2010 census, the population was 1,117 making it the second-least populous county in Idaho. The county seat is Fairfield. The county was created by the Idaho Legislature on February 6, 1917, by a partition of Blaine County. It is named for the camas root, or Camassia, a lily-like plant with an edible bulb found in the region, which was used as a food source by Native Americans and settlers.
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ə since we both did butte, it’ time to get into the cees.
camas county, license plate symbol 1c, lies west of blaine co. boise co is northwest of it, but they do not touch. its seat is fairfield and pop. 1117 (only one county has fewer people), with slightly less than forty per cent thereof in the seat. it was created in feb 1917 from blaine co, and is named for the camas root or carnassia, a source of vital food for early inhabitants. area is 1079.02 mi²/2795 km² of which 4.06/11 is water.
i have yet to be in this one.

to reach the next county on the list, we stay on u-20 wb, following it where it co-brands with i-84, and to where it splits off near boise, then west until we land in caldwell. ə
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Butte County is a rural county located in the U.S. state of Idaho. As of the 2010 census, the population was 2,891, making it the third-least populous county in Idaho. Its county seat and largest city is Arco. The county was established in 1917 from parts of Blaine County.

Butte County is included in the Idaho Falls, ID Metropolitan Statistical Area. Much of the eastern part of the county is the vast Idaho National Laboratory, which extends eastward into neighboring counties.
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ə more on boundary co:
as far as i can tell, this is the only county which is named after an international border. it lies between the state to the (north)west and the one to the (north)east, with bonner to the south.
if you go north sixteen miles from bonners ferry, you will reach a fork. if you take id-1 north, you will reach canada in eleven miles. beyond porthill; if you stay on u-95, it goes an additional five to reach the end of the country at eastport.
boundary co has license plate designation 9b. we thus have completed a quarter of the counties in the state at this point!
about a quarter of the county’s residents live in bonners ferry. area is 1278.21 mi²/3311 km² with 9.4/24 of it water.
this is another county which has yet to go under my tires.

to get to the next one, i recommend that we take whatever route we did not use in getting here to go back. we can stay on i-15 all the way to id-33 wb two counties, or get on u-93 and ride that south. in either case, arco will be where we stop.

the new county:
with license plate symbol 10b, this concludes the counties beginning with the second letter at butte county. it lies northwest of bingham and north of blaine. it was created in feb 1917 from three adjoining counties and named for the buttes along the snake river. pop. is 2891, making it one of the least-populated counties in the state; i see only two with fewer people. slightly more than a third live in the seat, arco. area is 2233.59/5785 of which only .74/2 is water.
i have not been in this one either.

we will remain in the southern part for a few counties. the next one can be reached from arco by staying on u-93 sb, which is co-branded with u-20 and 26 wb, and continuing on 20 where it splits off, ending in fairfield. ə
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Boundary County is a county located in the U.S. state of Idaho. As of the 2010 census, the population was 10,972. The county seat and largest city is Bonners Ferry.

Boundary County was created by the Idaho Legislature on January 23, 1915. It is so named because it borders Canada, the only county in Idaho with an international border. It was formed from the adjacent Bonner County.
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ə more on bonner co:
it fills the entire northern part from west to east, although there is one north thereof, and two are south of it. its license plate abbreviation is 7b. as of now, it borders on none we have discussed, and sits between the states to the west and (north)east. slightly more than one-sixth of its people live in sandpoint. area is 1919.59 mi²/4972 km² with 181.92/471 water with a good portion thereof in lake pend oreille and its river, priest lake, and kelso lake.
i never have been in bonner county.

we now travel a long way south and east. i would recommend taking u-95 south to i-90, going east into the next state, to i-15, and south back into idaho until we hit idaho falls (525 miles!). we may need sleep along the way.

the new one:
bonneville county lies in the wider southeast portion of the state. its license plate designation is 8b, and it borders the state to the (south)east and bingham co to the southwest. pop. is 104234 (fourth-largest), with just over half of them in the seat, idaho falls. the county was formed from bingham co in feb 1911 and named after benjamin bonneville, a french-born explorer of the west and officer in the mexican-american war. area is 1900.65/4923 with 32.18/83 water, most of which is in grays lake in the southeast part, with a smaller portion of that lake in another county. palisades reservoir, on the eastern border, adds some to the water area.
while i have not driven in this county, i did hitchhike through it in 1979, but exited onto u-20 and went northeast on that because that road had more traffic than the interstate.

we will travel back to the far north portion of idaho for the next county, then return almost to where we are now for the one thereafter! the route i would use is to retrace our route from idaho falls on i-15 north (out of state) to i-90 and west (back in state) back to u-95, then north past bonner co (558 miles). another, longer but prettier, way is to take i-15 farther north to u-287 to u-89 to u-2 and west on that, skirting glacier national park, to u-95 (687 miles). bonners ferry (to the south on the latter route, north in the former) is probably the only stopping place we will find. in either case, we can’t go much farther north without a passport. ə

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Bonner County is a county located in the northern part of the U.S. state of Idaho. As of the 2010 census, the population was 40,877. The county seat and largest city is Sandpoint. Partitioned from Kootenai County and established in 1907, it was named for Edwin L. Bonner, a ferry operator.

Bonner County was formed on February 21, 1907; it was formerly the northern section of Kootenai County. It was named for travel entrepreneur Edwin L. Bonner, a ferry operator. Bonners Ferry is now in Boundary County, which was partitioned in 1915 from Bonner County.

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Boise County because I've spent some interesting moments of my life there:

Boise County is a rural mountain county in the U.S. state of Idaho. As of the 2010 census, the population was 7,028. The county seat is Idaho City, and Horseshoe Bend is its largest city.

In 2010, the center of population of Idaho was located in Boise County.
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ə more on blaine co:
it carries license plate designation 5b, touches bingham on the east (but as i mentioned before, no road exists there), and has area 2661.02 mi²/6892 km² with 16.24/42 thereof water.
hailey contains slightly less than forty per cent of the inhabitants.
i have never been in blaine county.

before we move on, i wanted to point out that the previous post mentioned that this and a number of others were created from alturas co. but there is no such county now!
alturas county was one of the original ones in the territory, and comprised a larger area than the states of maryland, delaware, and new jersey combined! (that is, it would have been one of the largest counties in the country, even surpassing san bernadino co, ca, which is the largest county now, though some of the county-like divisions of alaska are much bigger.) alturas and logan counties were both abolished.

although blaine county touches the next one on the list at one short edge, no road goes through that area. depending on where we are in the county, we can get on id-21 going north until that road turns south, or, if farther south, we take u-20 west to where it runs into i-84, west on that to id-21, and north(east), in either case resting at idaho city.

boise county is our next stop. its license plate designation is 6b, and it is adjacent to blaine to the east and ada to the southwest. pop. is 7028, the seat is idaho city (with fewer than seven per cent of the county’s residents), and largest city contains a word i do not type; i’ll simply say it is what is put on horses’ hooves, followed by “bend”; this town contains about ten per cent of the total living in the county. it was one of the original counties in the territory, founded feb 1864, and named for the river of the same name which flows in it; the river was named by french explorers. the city of boise itself was originally part of this county but was given another later that year.
the area is 1906.76/4938, containing 4.3/11 water.
i have not been in this one yet either.

to reach the next one on the list, we must go back north. if we are in idaho city or that area, we could take some gravel roads west through new centerville and continue west just missing placerville until we hit id-55, or take id-21 back toward boise and get on id-44 to id-55; if we are already on that road, we take it north to u-95 again, but this time we continue north of i-90 and land in sandpoint, just south of id-200.

after that, we go way southeast, then return to this area to get one even farther north.ə
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Blaine County is a county located in the U.S. state of Idaho. As of the 2010 census, the population was 21,376. The county seat and largest city is Hailey.

Blaine County was created by the state legislature on March 5, 1895, by combining Alturas and Logan counties. Its present boundaries were set on February 8, 1917, when a western portion became Camas County. The county is named after former congressman and 1884 Republican presidential nominee James G. Blaine (1830–93). It is home to the Sun Valley ski resort, adjacent to Ketchum.
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ə i was unable to follow it on the map as to which is shorter: the route i gave or to take 15 north from 30 to 26 and that west to 93, go out of state to i-90 and west back in and exit south on id-3. i had the feeling, though, that the one i gave, being more on interstate highways, would take less time.
i hope to observe some of the scenery you mentioned on next year’s excursion.
in any event, more on benewah co:
it borders the state to the west, and does not touch any county we have discussed so far. about a quarter of its people are in the seat. it has license designation 3b, and its area is 793.98 mi²/2030 km² with water making up 7.91/20.
i have yet to drive in benewah co.

to get to the next one on the list, we return to u-95 and south to i-84, back east to i-86 to i-15 and this time going _north_, stopping at blackfoot.

bingham county, license plate designation 4b, lies in southeastern idaho, just north of bannock co. named for henry bingham, a general in the war between the states and u. s. representative from pennsylvania, the pop. is 45607 with about a quarter in the seat of blackfoot, and creation date jan 1885. area is 2120.24/5491, with 25.51/66 of it water.
i have not driven in this county yet, but have hitchhiked through it.

interestingly enough, the next county we are to visit borders bingham, but there is no direct road thereto. we thus take u-26 west, passing through another county, and remaining on that road until u-20 splits off going west at carey, then proceeding to id-75 and north to hailey.

i should point out that idaho designates its state highways as just “sh-[number]” instead of “id-[number]”. i use the latter for clarity. ə

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Oh well, two heads are better than one?!

Benewah County is a county located in the U.S. state of Idaho. As of the 2010 census the county had a population of 9,285. The county seat and largest city is St. Maries. The county was established on January 23, 1915 from sections of Kootenai County and was named for a chief of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe.

I've done that drive in a day and while it is long, it offers some of the best, if little known, scenery in the country.

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ə we collided again!
since i got us to bear lake co at the end of my last entry, i’ll post its info.

bear lake county, license designation 1b, lies in southeasternmost idaho and contains roughly half of the body of water by the same name; the state to the south has the rest. the county also borders on the state to the (south)east, and bannock co to the west-northwest.
its seat is paris, it was created in jan 1875, and pop. 5986, only about nine per cent of which live in the seat with half the rest residing in montpelier. area is 1049.44 mi²/2718 km² with 78.05/202 thereof water, the vast majority of which is in that which gives the county its name.
i drove there in may 2014, following u-30 all the way.

the next one on the list requires a long drive, as it it lies in the narrow northern part of the state. probably the easiest is to retrace u-30 to i-15, get on i-86, take that west to i-84, and that farther west to id-55, north on that to u-95, and keep going until we reach id-5 and east to st. maries. we will be exhausted by the time we get there, if we were able to do it in one day, so we rest in that town. ə
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Bannock County is a county located in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of Idaho. As of the 2010 Census the population was 82,839, making it the fifth-most populous county in Idaho. The county seat and largest city is Pocatello. The county was established in 1893 and named after the local Bannock tribe.
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ə all told, i have hitchhiked about 40000 miles, in all the lower 48 except—of all things—wisconsin! the trip in 1979 was the longest, but i had several shorter ones in other years and other states.

from looking over the list, it appears that idaho has far more unique county names than iowa, and thus a much higher percentage. also, please note that the state is split across two time zones, mountain and pacific.

more on adams co: it borders the state to the west, but otherwise none we have discussed yet. its license plate designation is obviously 2a, area is 1370 mi²/3548 km² with 5.43/14 thereof water.
how interesting that adams co, id, though much larger in area, contains fewer people than its iowa namesake, which is our least populous one!
i have not driven in it yet. i had planned to last may, while getting the rest, but ran out of time on that expedition which did see me complete another state.

the next one on the list is on i-15 where it meets i-86. to get there from where we are, we get on either u-95 or id-55 back south to i-84, and east to i-86 until that road ends at i-15.

bannock county has license plate designation 1b. the population is 82839, making it one of the most peopled counties in the state. it is named for the bannock (originally spelled with a instead of o) tribe, has seat pocatello, with about sixty per cent of the inhabitants, and was created mar 1983. its area is 1147.46/2972, with 34.16/88 water.
it was one i hit on the hitchhiking expedition of 1979, but that trip went _north_ on i-15.
i drove in it may 2014, first entering on i-86 and going south on 15 out of the state (to gain more of i-15 and 84), then returning to 86 via 84, and hitting u-30 eb.
to reach the next county on the list, i recommend that we find u-30 off i-15 sb and take it eastbound to where it hits u-89, and south to paris. ə
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BTW, I was fascinated about your hitchhiking experience through the US nakeddriver. 43 states! 15,000 miles? That's amazing!
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On to the land of famous potatoes. I have been to all of Idaho's counties - not hard to do when you live in Washington. I finished up Idaho in 2000, the first completed state for me in the new millennium.

Adams County is a rural county located in the state of Idaho. As of the 2010 census the county had a population of 3,976, making it the fifth-least populous county in Idaho. The county seat and largest city is Council. The county was established in 1911 and was named in honor of President John Adams.

Adams County is home to the Brundage Mountain ski area, northeast of New Meadows, and the Idaho ground squirrel.
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ə before we leave my state, here are a few more facts about wright county:
clarion holds about a fifth of the county’s residents.
belmond, a town north of clarion with a slightly smaller population, was devastated by an f5 tornado on oct 14, 1966. a few days later, my parents and i took a road trip to see the aftermath. i can recall the day in des moines: the sky to the north was blacker than i had ever seen. at the time, there was a weather forecaster named newton weller who stated that a tornado would light up the television screen of a set tuned to channel 2, and that his displayed the phenomenon more than a hundred miles away. this theory later was shown to be less than accurate.
wright co has hancock to its north, cerro gordo northeast, franklin east, hardln southeast, hamilton south, webster southwest, humboldt west, and kossuth northwest.
the area is 582.54 mi²/1509 km² with water making up 1.82/5 thereof.
i first drove there in mar 1985.

with that, we say goodbye to iowa and move to the next state in the list, idaho. the best way to drive there from iowa is to take interstate 80 across nebraska and wyoming and turning onto i-84 in utah. if this is done accurately, the route will take us to the first county in the alphabet, which will be documented below.
known as the land of the best potatoes, idaho (nicknamed the gem state) is fourteenth largest in area (87530 mi²/22670 km²) but 39th in population (1011986, est. in 2014, 1634464(?!)). its area is thus about fifty per cent more than iowa’, but population about sixty per cent. its name origin is uncertain; there are several theories as to where the name came from. it was granted statehood in jul 1890, and carved from the washington territory and later that was subdivided and formed the idaho territory. the capital is boise, 2010 pop. 205671.
the state contains 44 counties, sixteen in which i have driven. the state license plates indicate the county of residence with an alphanumeric code. if there is only one county beginning with a certain letter, that will be the county code. if more than one county begins with a certain letter, the first one alphabetically will precede the letter with 1, the second with 2, and so forth. the largest county in area is idaho co, 8502 mi²/22021 km², and the smallest is payette, 410 mi²/1062 km².

now let’s move on to the counties!
we start with the most populous one which also contains the state capital.

ada county lies on i-84 in western idaho. being as it is the first we visit, obviously there are none that border it which we have discussed. its seat is also the capital city, boise (with just over half the inhabitants), county pop. 392365, area 1060.33/2746 with 5.34/14 water, and name origin ada riggs, daughter of h. c. riggs, legislator of the idaho territory, and the first white child born in boise. it was created dec 1864. since it is the first beginning with a, its license designation is 1a.
federal highways 20 and 30 traverse ada co. oddly enough, they cross and 20 proceeds west south of 30. u-20 ends in newport, oregon (west of salem) at u-101, but 30 goes all the way to the northwest corner of the beaver state, to astoria.
i have not yet driven in ada co, though have in most that surround it. the reason for this is that, if i have not yet driven in the county containing the state capital, i save that one for last. this is just how i play the county-hunting game. i began this procedure in 2003, so any states i acquired prior to that might have been “spoiled” by driving in the “reserved” county, in which case i choose another usually based on some superlative such as largest or smallest population, largest or smallest area, geographic superlative such as northernmost, borders the last county of another state, or, if none of those will apply, something else such as just liking the name. in the case of idaho, since i have not driven in ada co yet, it will be the last one i get. i carefully drove to its south in may 2014.
i have hitchhiked through ada co in 1979, as part of a tour of the country covering 43 states plus dc, and going over fifteen thousand miles and 102 days.

to reach the next county in idaho, we find id-55 if in boise, or u-95 if in the far west part of the county (west on i-84), and drive north on the respective road until it intersects the other at new meadows, though if on the latter highway, council might be a nicer place to stop. ə
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Wright County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 13,229. The county seat is Clarion. The county was formed on January 15, 1851 and named after Silas Wright, a Governor of New York and for Joseph Albert Wright, a Governor of Indiana.
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ə more about woodbury co: would you believe this is one of the 26 names unique to iowa? i was startled to find this. winneshiek was another, but not winnebago.
woodbury co is the fifth most populous county in the state. the ones ahead of it are: polk, linn, scott, and johnson. sioux city, pop. 82680, is the third largest city in the state, and comprises about five-sixths of the county’s residents. the county seat is unique in another way. it is the only city in the country which has a “north” and “south” suburb carrying the same name as the city but all in different states! that is, n. s. c. is in south dakota across the big sioux river, and s. s. c. is in nebraska across the missouri river.
woodbury co’s western border is with two states, listed above. north-northeast is cherokee, east ida, southeast crawford, south monona, and north-northwest plymouth. area is 877.39 mi²/2272 km² with 4.79/12 of that water, of which the vast majority is the two large rivers forming its borders with the other states. one of its other towns with a silly-sounding name is correctionville.
i first drove there in may 2001, though had been there many times prior when i was not driving, mainly for chess tournaments.

the next one we will visit is accessible via u-20 east back to i-35 and north until we reach ia-9. if the driver prefers to remain on interstate highways only, there is a way to do that although it involves going out of state: north on i-29 to i-229 to i-90, east to i-35 and south to ia-9. northwood is probably the best resting place.

the new county for this post is worth co, lying in extreme north-central iowa in the first tier, bordering the state to the north. another created in jan 1851, it contains 7598 people, just over a quarter of whom live in the seat, northwood, and was named for william worth, an officer in the war of 1812, seminole war, and mexican-american war. east is mitchell, southeast (but not touching) is floyd, south cerro gordo, southwest hancock, and west winnebago. area is 401.71 mi²/1040 km², with 1.71/4 thereof water. it thus has 400 mi² of land area.
i first drove there in mar 1985.

the last iowa county in the alphabet can be reached on i-35 southbound; the interstate cuts through the southeast corner of the county but there is nowhere to visit there so i would recommend exiting sooner on ia-3 and going west past u-69. clarion is probably the best stopping place in the county. ə
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Woodbury County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 102,172. The county seat is Sioux City.

Originally established in 1851 as Wahkaw County, the Iowa Legislature in 1853 changed the name to Woodbury County in honor of Levi Woodbury (1789–1851), a senator and Governor of New Hampshire who served as a Supreme Court justice from 1844 until his death.
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ə more on winnebago co:
it borders the state to the north. southeast we find cerro gordo, south hancock, and southwest and west kossuth.
about forty per cent of the county’s residents live in forest city, a town most famous for being the headquarters of winnebago industries®, which is most noted for their motor homes. the town actually occupies two counties (part of it lies in hancock co), but its southern portion is governed by the winnebago county system as far as i can tell.
area is 401.57 mi²/1040 km² with 1.1/3 thereof water.
i first drove there in nov 2004.

to reach the next one on the list, the 96th in the alphabet, we get on ia-9 and go east past howard co. decorah is a good place to rest.

the new county for today is winneshiek, in far northeast iowa, in the first tier. while it is named for a winnebago chief, there is uncertainty as to how it originated. it was created feb 1847, pop. is 21056, and seat decorah, with also around forty per cent of the inhabitants. it also borders the state to the north, has allamakee to the east, clayton southeast, fayette south, chickasaw southwest, and howard west.
area is 689.88/1787 with water area 0.27/<1.
this was another i picked up in mar 2005.

to get to the next one, we get on ia-150 (accessible from u-52) south to u-20, and take that as far west as we can go without leaving iowa. ə
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Winnebago County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 10,866. The county seat is Forest City. The county was founded in 1847 and named after the eponymous Native American tribe.
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ə wow! lots of stuff about wayne co i didn’t know!
more on it:
lucas is to its north, monroe northeast, appanoose east, decatur west, and clarke northwest. about a quarter of the county’s inhabitants are in corydon, and area is 573.02 mi²/1354 km² with 1.48/4 of it being water.
my parents often drove through it on 65 on the way to trenton, mo home of my father&rsqo;s mother, and we would stop in humeston to eat. sometimes we would stop just across the border, in south lineville, and get some pyrotechnics. (lineville is a nasty speed trap, with limit twenty mph!)
i first drove in it in may 1992, the first time i visited my mother’s grave (my parents are buried in south evans cemetery a little east of tindall). i hitchhiked through it for the first time in may 1980.

to reach the county following wayne on the list, we go north on u-65 to its co-brand with 69, take that to i-235 east and continue north on 35 to u-20, then west past hamilton co.

webster county is in north-central iowa. it is south of humboldt, west of hamilton, north-northwest of boone, north-northeast of greene, east of calhoun, and southeast of pocahontas. its population is 38013 with two-thirds thereof in the seat, fort dodge, was created in jan 1853 from two now-defunct counties (risley and yell, both created in 1851 and abolished two years later), and was named not for the person who wrote the dictionary (noah) but the senator from massachusetts (daniel).
fort dodge was an army fort built in 1850 and decommissioned three years later. the city grew up around the old fort site.
area is 718/1860 with 2.8/7 thereof water.
the fort dodge correctional facility, a medium-security prison, was built in 1998. it is odd in that the minimum-security north central correctional facility is located in rockwell city, one county west. the reason for that is that the latter was the former women’s prison, and when a new one for women was built in mitchellville, the old one was turned into a men’s prison.
i first drove in it in jul 2005. it seemed that i had done so in mar 1985, but i don’t recall the route i took that year, and so will go with what my map shows.

fort dodge lies at the intersection of federal highways 169 and 20. to get to the next county on the list, we can go east on 20 and north on u-69 past hancock co, or north on u-169 to ia-9 and east one. in either case, we can stop at forest city and see the plant that manufactures motor homes named after the county. ə

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Wayne County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 6,403, making it the fifth-least populous county in Iowa. The county seat is Corydon.

Wayne County was formed in 1846 but was still attached to other counties for governmental purposes. It was named after General Anthony Wayne.

Its southern border with Missouri was uncertain until the states got a decision from the US Supreme Court in 1848 which held the 1816 Sullivan line (re-marked in 1850), originally run as the northern boundary of an Osage Indian cession. This line is not a true east-west line so the county does not have an exactly rectangular shape.

There had been settlement in this county as early as 1841 by persons thinking they were in Missouri, but the first settlers intending to be in Iowa came about 1848.Its government was organized and the county seat selected in 1851.
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ə oops! i forgot to post the new one!
so here it is.
washington county lies in eastern iowa, in the sixth tier. johnson is to its north-northeast, muscatine east-northeast, louisa east-southeast, henry south-southeast, jefferson south-southwest, keokuk west, and iowa north-northwest. the eponym is obvious, and is one of the most popular county names in the country. it was created jan 1839, has pop. 21704, and seat washington, which holds about a third of the people. area is 530.77 mi²/1473 km² with 2.06/5 thereof water. a fair part of that water area is the iowa river, and there are several places along that in this county to bathe or skinny-dip though more are in johnson co.
kalona is famous for being the site of one of the earliest amish settlements west of the mississippi river.
riverside, in the far northern part of the county off u-218 on ia-22, advertises itself as the future birthplace of james t. kirk. they used to hold a birthday party for him in march, but now just have the aforementioned trek fest on the last weekend in june, and i march in the parade there.
i first drove there in mar 1988.

to reach the next county on the list, we go south on u-218 to ia-2, and west past appanoose co to either ia-14 (corydon) or u-65 (nearest town humeston). ə
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ə more on warren co: to its north is polk, northeast jasper, east marion, southeast monroe, south lucas, southwest clarke, west madison, and northwest dallas. indianola comprises about a third of the county’s population; most of the rest is on the outskirts of d. m., including norwalk. the area is 573.21 mi²/1485 km² with 1.56/4 being water.
indianola was the site of the national hot-air balloon races for a while; not sure if it still is. carlisle is noted mostly for the house the mccaughey septuplets lived in.
i first drove in warren co in jul 1981.

to reach the next one on the list, we go east on ia-92 past keokuk co, to u-218. a good stopping place is the riverside casino, on ia-22 off 218 a bit north of 92. if we go there the last weekend of june, we can enjoy trek fest, a county fair with a little “star trek” added. ə
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Warren County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 46,225. The county seat is Indianola. Warren County was formed in 1846. It was named for General Joseph Warren, a hero in the American Revolutionary War.
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ə of all the counties to get last—van buren!
since we both did that one, i’ll do the next one:

wapello county is in southeast iowa, with seat ottumwa, pop. 35625 (about two-thirds of whom live in the seat), named for fox chief wapello, and established feb 1843. to its north-northeast we find keokuk, east jefferson, southeast van buren, south davis, southwest appanoose, west monroe, and north-northwest mahaska. area is 435.98 mi²/1129 km² with 4.17/11 of it as water. a fair amount of the water area is the des moines river.
i first drove there nov 1997.

the next county on the list is probably most easily accessed from here by going west on u-34 to u-65 and that north one. another way is north on u-63 to ia-163 to ia-92 and west past marion co.
we can rest in indianola or carlisle, the latter on ia-5 from knoxville. ə

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Van Buren County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 7,570. The county seat is Keosauqua, which contains the oldest continuously operational courthouse in the state of Iowa, and second oldest in the United States.

Van Buren County was also the last of Iowa's 99 counties that I drove through last July on my way to clinching the state of Iowa.
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ə additional data on union co:
north-northeast is madison co, east clarke, southeast decatur, south ringgold, southwest taylor, west adams, and north-northwest adair.
the eponym is the union of states, and around two-thirds of the population live in creston. area is 425.95 mi²/1103 km² with 1.57/4 thereof water.
i first drove in union co in jun 2003.
to reach the next county, which starts with the next letter as well, we can drive south on u-169, or east to i-35 and south thereon, until we reach ia-2 and go east to ia-1.
keosaqua makes a good resting point.

the new one:
van buren county lies in far southeast iowa. of the five iowa counties touching it, we have seen four: jefferson north, henry northeast, lee east, and davis west. the state to the south also borders it. its name is that of the former president, creation date was dec 1836, population 7570, and seat keosaqua with barely over a thousand people in it. area is 490.55/1271 with 5.73/15 of that water.
i first drove there in may 1992.
we advance another letter for the next one, which is northwest of where we are in this one. the easiest way to get to it is north on ia-1 to u-34 and go west to u-63, at which intersection we can stop in ottumwa. ə
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Union County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 12,534. The county seat is Creston.
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ə more info on tama county:
another of the 26 county names unique to iowa, it also is one whose county seat is not the largest town; tama is slightly larger than toledo, but they basically abut. black hawk lies to the north-northeast, benton east, iowa southeast, poweshiek south, jasper southwest, marshall west, and grundy north-northwest. area is 722.37 mi²/1871 km² with 1.03/3 thereof water.
there is some uncertainty as to the name origin; some say it is from taomah, wife of poweshiek.
i first drove there in 1983, but not sure if it was summer or fall. i biked there in nov 2013.
to reach the next county on our list, we return west on u-30 to i-35, south on that to ia-2, and west past ringgold co.

the new one:
taylor county lies in far southwest iowa. adams is to its north, ringgold east, page west, and montgomery northwest; the state to the south borders it. the seat is bedford and pop. is 6317, it was named for former president zachary taylor, and area is 534.83/1365 with 0.87/2 being water.
my first drive there was jan 1999.

the next one, beginning with the 21st letter, lies northeast of taylor. to get there, we go back east on ia-2 and north on u-169. ə
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Tama County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 17,767. Its county seat is Toledo. The county was formed on February 17, 1843 and named for Taimah, a leader of the Meskwaki Indians.
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ə oh, darn! we collided again. i’ll write the next one.
story county lies in central iowa. the seat is nevada, which is another place we mispronounce as the middle (accented) syllable rhymes with “way”. to its north-northeast is hardin, east marshall, southeast jasper, south polk, southwest dallas, west boone, and north-northwest hamilton. joseph story, a supreme court justice, lent his name to it, and its creation date was jan 1846. population is 89542, with only a small fraction of those people living in nevada; the majority live in ames, home of iowa state university. area is 573.7 mi²/1486 km² with 0.84/2 thereof water. a fair amount of that water is in the south skunk river, upon which are some nice skinny-dipping spots.
i was quite surprised to find that this is one of the 26 iowa counties with no namesake in any other state; the closest name thereto is stor_e_y in nv.
i first drove there jul 1981, and it was the site of my first run in jul 2011 (at one of the aforementioned spots on the s. skunk). i first biked there as part of a massive undertaking in oct 2012.

we go to the next letter in the alphabet for the one after story. to get to it, we drive east on u-30 past marshall co.
have a happy easter all! ə
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ə sioux county lies in far northwestern iowa, in the second tier. to the north we find lyon, northeast osceola, east o’brien, southeast cherokee, and south plymouth. it borders the state to the northwest with the big sioux river between the two. the seat is orange city, whose population comprises less than a fifth of the 33704 in the county. it was another of the 49 established jan 1851, and the name origin is obvious. area is 768.58 mi²/1991 km² with 0.7/2 thereof water.
my first driving there was jul 2005.

to reach the last county starting with the nineteenth letter, we can go one of two ways: east on u-18 to i-35 and south past hamilton, or south on u-75 to i-29, a short distance south to u-20, east on that to i-35, and then south one. other, longer, ways are to continue south on i-29 to u-30 and east on that past boone co, or still farther south on i-29 to i-680, east on that to i-80, and that to i-35 and go north one. ə
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Sioux County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 33,704. Its county seat is Orange City.

Sioux County was formed on January 15, 1851. It has been self-governed since January 20, 1860. It was named after the Sioux tribe.
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ə more on scott co: it was named for winfield scott, a general in the war of 1812, and was created dec 1837. it also contains two of the four cities making up the quad cities, davenport (containing over half the county’s inhabitants), bettendorf, rock island, and moline, though the last two are across the border. only three iowa counties border on it: clinton north, muscatine southwest, and cedar west.
interstate 74 begins as a branch off 80 in scott co. in addition, there is the loop i-280 that bypasses most of the metropolitan areas.
its area is 468.17 mi²/1213 km² with 10.24/27 thereof water, most of that being the mississippi.
i first drove there in jun 1983.
to reach the next county on the list, we get back on i-80 and proceed west into pottawottamie co, until we reach federal highway 59 (exit 40), and take that north a short distance. the county seat is near the intersection of 59 and ia-44.

the new one:
shelby county is in far western iowa, just north of interstate 80. created jan 1851, it is named for isaac shelby, a general in both the revolution and war of 1812 as well as the first governor of the commonwealth of kentucky, contains 12167 inhabitants, and has harlan as its seat (with just over 40% of the population). crawford co is to its north, carroll northeast, audubon east, cass southeast, pottawottamie south and southwest, harrison west, and monona northwest (we are seeing more that border only ones we have encountered so far as we progress through the list). area is 591.37/1532, of which 0.54/1 is water.
my first driving there was jun 2004.

only a sixth of them left!
to reach the next one, we have a choice. we can travel north on u-59 to u-18 and go west one, or go south to i-80, get on i-680 to i-29, that to u-75, and that north of plymouth co. neither is very time-efficient, but the former does go through more interesting areas. ə
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Scott County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 165,224,[1] making it the third-most populous county in Iowa. The county seat is Davenport.[2]
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