Emmett was primarily a post office named after Emmett Cahalan, and was originally called “Emmettville.” The post office was later moved but retained the name. A few years later the “ville” was dropped and the post office and town became simply Emmett. In 1883 James Wardwell had the town platted, and in 1900 the town was incorporated as Emmett.
Squaw Butte, named by Native Americans who used this area as their winter resort, stands at the north end of the valley and to the south flows the Payette River. Mainly an agricultural community, it is the county seat for Gem county, and is the only city in the county. It was home to Boise Cascade’s sawmill until 2001,
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