Syringa, Idaho

Located along US Highway 12—the Lewis & Clark Highway—approximately seven miles below the junction of the Selway and Lochsa Rivers, along the banks of the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River, Syringa was established in 1895 as a possible railroad supply point. The post office was established in 1897.

In Syringa's early beginnings agriculture was the primary source of income for the people that settled in this little village. Years later, timber became the major source of income.


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Latitude: 46.1441 Longitude: -115.596 Elevation: 1453 ft
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The Northern Pacific railroad was investigating the possibilities of laying rails from the community of Kooskia all the way through into Montana. The village site of Syringa was an ideal location for a train stop. Syringa was named after the Lewis mock orange that grew in abundance in the area.

The mild climate and rich soils made Syringa an ideal place to farm. This was an attractive feature to the settlers moving out west.

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