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New Plymouth
Payette County, Idaho


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Weather & Climate

History & History-related items

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Organizations, Churches, and Sports.




Statistics & Facts

The Idaho state capital is Boise.
The population of New Plymouth is approximately 1,386 (2001), 1538 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 572 (2000), 565 (2010).
The amount of land area in New Plymouth is 1.639 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from New Plymouth to Washington DC is 2212 miles.
The distance to the Idaho state capital is 40 miles. (as the crow flies)
New Plymouth is positioned 43.97 degrees north of the equator and 116.81 degrees west of the prime meridian.
New Plymouth elevation is 2,250 feet above sea level.
New Plymouth median income is $ 33,046 (1999).
New Plymouth average annual precipitation is 10.83 inches peryear.
New Plymouth average annual snowfall is 21.4 inches per year.
New Plymouth average temperature is 49.2 degrees F.


in southwestern Idaho about seven miles from the Oregon border. It is about 50 miles from Boise, the state capital.
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moderate. Sunshine abounds here in New Plymouth with an average of 270 sunny days each year. There are usually about 180 frost free days during each growing season. Winters are cold, but extreme cold is not the norm with few days below zero. In the summer, the days will get warm but again, no extremes over 100 are normally seen.
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History & History Related Items

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.

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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
Phone: 208-278-5462
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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New Plymouth City Government

New Plymouth, Idaho
City Hall
P.O. Box 158
301 N. Plymouth
New Plymouth, Idaho 83655
Phone: (208) 278-5338
Fax: (208) 278-5330

New Plymouth Chamber

New Plymouth Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 26
New Plymouth, Idaho 83655

New Plymouth Organizations

New Plymouth Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 26
New Plymouth, Idaho 83655

New Plymouth Libraries

New Plymouth Armoral Tuttle Public Library
301 N. Plymouth
P.O. Box 158
New Plymouth, ID 83655
Phone: 208-278-5338

New Plymouth Schools

New Plymouth Elementary
704 S. Plymouth Ave.
New Plymouth, Idaho
Phone: 208-278-5333

New Plymouth Middle School
4400 S.W. 2nd Ave.
New Plymouth, Idaho
Phone: 208-278-5788

New Plymouth High School
207 S. Plymouth Ave.
New Plymouth, Idaho
Phone: 208-278-5311

Treasure Valley Mennonite School
4110 S.W. 1 Ave.
New Plymouth, Idaho
Phone: 208-278-3769 New Plymouth


The population of New Plymouth was:
1970 - 986
1980 - 1,186
1990 - 1,313
2002 - 1,386

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