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Challis, Idaho

Challis, a community of 1,081 people, lies in one of the richest mineral belts in North America, and was founded in 1876 as a supply base to support the high level of mining and ranching activity that followed the discovery of gold near there in 1873.

Alvah P. Challis laid out the town, connected it by a toll road to nearby Custer, and Challis then became a trading center for nearby mines. Although Custer and many other area-mining camps eventually became ghost towns, Challis remained and prospered. Now the seat of Custer County, the town remains the economic center of present-day mines, ranches and farms. And the extraction of more than 40 minerals continues today, including gold, silver, and molybdenum.

Challis boasts the state's largest collection of old log homes.

Spring-time Challis reveals many charming rural scenes.

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