Cliffs, Owyhee County, Idaho Genealogy

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Former name

Geographic location

Cliffs in located on the south side of South Mountain, approximately 30 miles south of Jordan Valley, Oregon.




The Gem State Rural's 1918-19 Farm Directory of Owyhee County Idaho and Malheur County, Oregon is available online. It lists landowners by town, including those owning land in these two counties, but residing elsewhere. The amount of acreage owned, the location of the land, and a list of crops raised on each farm is also included. The resident land owners of the Cliffs area are listed on page 38.


Ranches were established on the south side of South Mountain along creeks that empty into the North Fork of the Owyhee River. Additional homesteads were settled in 1909-1912. The first school was built on land donated by Paul Hardesty and the first schoolteacher there was a Mrs. Gilbert Cone who came there from Texas in 1912.

The post office was established in Cliffs in 1907, but was discontinued from 1908 to 1915. It was re-established and continued until 1950, when it was again discontinued.

School Records

The first school was established at Cliffs in 1912. In more recent years, students have attended school in Jordan Valley, Oregon, approximately 30 miles away.