Emmett, Idaho is the county seat of Gem County and
boasts a population of 6,557 residents at the 2010 census.
The elevation in Emmett is about 2,400 feet which made
it a nice place for prospectors to winter when the snows
near Idaho City made gold mining impractical. During the
early years, established stage and pack train routes joined
at the Payette River near Emmett just north of the present
river bridge providing yet another reason for folks to be in
the area. It quickly became apparent that the fertile soil
and lower elevation of the Emmett area would grow all
manner of crops which were then transported to the gold
camps utilizing the established transportation routes.
Emmett soon became known as the “garden” for the
nearby mining camps. Fruit orchards were especially
successful in this area and continue to be an economic driving force today especially after the closure of the Boise Cascade manufacturing facility in 2001. The annual “Cherry Festival” celebrates the heritage and continued influence of fruit orchards in Emmett.