The Rural Gem of New Meadows, Idaho

New Meadows Rail Way StationIn west-central Idaho lies a tiny little place called New Meadows. It's a quaint gem of a town with a humble population of roughly 480 people. New Meadows, Idaho is a rural city perhaps best known for its proximity to its more popular Neighbor, McCall, or its closeness to the 45th parallel north and the site of the last surviving Pacific and Idaho Northern Railroad Depot – without which, little New Meadows likely wouldn't exist today. The P&IN Railroad extended from Weiser to an area roughly 2 miles from Meadows, creating the home of modern day New Meadows – founded in 1911.

The over 100 year old railroad depot was constructed in 1910 and functioned as the northern end of the P&IN Railroad. Serving as a cultural and historical resource off the Payette River Scenic Byway, it holds a place on the National Register of Historic places. The Union Pacific took the line over in 1936 and subsequently abandoned the northern line in 1979. Since 2000, the building has been preserved from immediate deterioration and a restored foundation and new roof have been installed. During the weekends running through October 27th from 11am to 4pm, a free exhibit entitled Special Packer John's Cabin Exhibit (as part of the Idaho Sesquicentennial) is on – efforts from the exhibit hope to show the importance of Packer John's Cabin in the development of Idaho with a cast of characters involved Idaho history, including local pioneers and their journeys. Otherwise, the historical P&IN depot is only open to the public by appointment.

New Meadows Idaho is approximately 115 miles north of Boise, and you can get their via State Highway 55, also known as the Payette River Scenic Byway – a national scenic byway. You'll pass out of Eagle and head up to Horseshoe Bend in Boise County, and you'll follow the climb of the whitewater of the Payette River to Cascade and McCall. You'll reach New Meadows at the junction of U.S. Route 95. It'll be worth the drive for the scenery alone – and along the way, you will pass by dozens of recreation opportunities. Just 10 miles outside of town are 2 alpine ski areas, Brundage Mountain and the Little Ski Hill. Beautiful Payette Lake and the breathtaking landscape of McCall stretches out close by. Roughly 41 minutes out is Riggins, Idaho, the gateway to the Salmon River and the Seven Devils Mountains. New Meadows might be small, but it's huge on adventure. 

New Meadows, Idaho is proud of its location near the the 45th parallel north – a circle of latitude that is 45 degrees north of the Earth's equatorial plane that crosses through Europe, Asia, the Pacific Ocean, North America, and the Atlantic Ocean. The 45th parallel is often referred to as the halfway point between the Equator and the North Pole. If you were to stand at the 45th parallel north during the summer solstice, you'd see the sun for 15 hours and 37 minutes, as opposed to the winter solstice, where you'd see it for 8 hours and 46 minutes. This imaginary line is about 2.5 miles north of New Meadows, and is a popular photo stop. There's also a visitor's center nearby where you can learn more about the area.  Latitude is important in more ways than one – it also determines climate and temperature. Idaho, along with most the world's populated areas, is located in the Temperate Zone which extends both north and south from 23 ½ degrees to 66 ½ degrees. With Central Idaho running halfway in between the Equator and the North Pole, it's no wonder it has the benefit of experiencing all four seasons.

 Our experienced Idaho agents can help you get to know New Meadows and the surrounding area, including the scenic cities of Idaho City, Horseshoe Bend, Eagle, and Star.  It can be a great place for a rural home or a close-to-everything-fun cabin.  

Hughes Real Estate Group is your definitive source for both buyers and sellers throughout the Treasure Valley. Give us a call anytime at (208) 571-7145 to discuss your next Boise, Idaho home.

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