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New Plymouth is unusual in that it was planned out in Chicago before it was even settled in Idaho, platted in the shape of a double horseshoe with curving streets. It was founded by the New lymouth Society of Chicago, Illinois. In Chicago there was a public spirited man, William E. Smyth, who was the chairman of the executive committee of the National Irrigation Congress and a famious irrigation promoter. Mr. Smyth was determined to found a colony to serve as a striking argument in favor of his project - irrigation. He spoke throughout the east, urging young and old men to go west in colonies and develop the country with the help of irrigation. He wanted the first colony to be called New Plymouth and wanted it located in southwestern Idaho in Payette Valley. He found the valley adapted for his purpose because of the extraordinary water supply.
The Plymouth Society of Chicago selected a committee to investigate the irrigated Payette River Valley and another site in Colorado, to be purchased for the colony.
Later, in February of 1896, each colonist purchased 20 shares of stock at $ 30 per share, which entitled him to 20 acres of land and a town lot. He was to clear the land of sagebrush and plant fruit trees, preferably apples.
This unusual town was platted with the horseshoe open to the north toward the railroad and the river. This area was planned as an industrial zone, and the acre tracts around the horseshoe were the residential lots. It was first known as New Plymouth Farm Village but was incorporated as a village just two years later as simply New Plymouth.
The Payette County Fair and Rodeo is held here the second week of August each year. Highlights include FFA, 4-H and open class and commercial exhibits, a pet parade, siphon tube contest, the Market Animal Stock sale, food and game booths. A parade and rodeo is also held as part of the celebration.
Outdoor recreation plays a large role in the area. Pheasant hunting is among the best in Idaho. Three reservoirs are in the area with many opportunities for fun boating, water skiing and other water sports. The local rivers also offer great excitement and fun. Winter sports are also available nearby at Bogus Basin, east of Boise, or Brundage Mountain at McCall.
The orginal waterwheels built in the early 1920's to help in irrigation. They can still be seen along the Noble Irrigation Canal off Highway 30.
Payette County Agriculture Museum, Inc.,
3585 N.W. 1st Avenue
New Plymouth, Idaho
This museum has hundreds of agricultural related items such as tractors, mowing machines, horse drawn machinery, buck rakes and more. Please call ahead for appointments.
Payette County Fair and Rodeo
Held the second week of August each year
The Tri-city breakfast begins the event. This portion of the Fair is held in Fruitland. Highlights of the fair include FFA, 4-H and open class and commercial exhibits, a pet parade, siphon tube contest, the Market Animal Stock Sale, food and game booths. A parade is held on Thursday evening and the fast-moving rodeo is held Thursday through Saturday evenings.
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Economy & Industry
diverse with industrial plants, railroad access and farming all placing high in the economic profile. All crops are grown, but favorites are hay, corn, onions, potatoes and sugar beets.
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Treasure Valley Mennonite School
4110 S.W. 1 Ave.
New Plymouth, Idaho
Phone: 208-278-3769 New Plymouth
Miscellany The population of New Plymouth was:
1970 - 986
1980 - 1,186
1990 - 1,313
2002 - 1,386