History of McCall, Idaho
Originally inhabited by three Native American tribes, McCall also became home to fur trappers and miners. In the early 1890's McCall was eventually settled by Thomas and Louisa McCall along with their children. They established a post office, school, hotel, saloon and purchased an existing sawmill.
The sawmill became a major source of employment which helped to grow the town. Additionally, the population established as elitists traveled for recreation from the nearby city of Lewiston. The arrival of the Oregon Short Line Railroad also brought visitors from afar. By 1917, McCall became an incorporated village.
Current Day McCall
"As of the census of 2010, there were 2,991 people, 1,348 households, and 769 families residing in the city. The population density was 324.1 inhabitants per square mile (125.1/km2). There were 3,581 housing units at an average density of 388.0 per square mile (149.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.6% White, 0.1% African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 3.6% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.9% of the population."
"There were 1,348 households of which 25.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.3% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 43.0% were non-families. 33.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.80."
"The median age in the city was 40.7 years. 21% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.5% were from 25 to 44; 31.1% were from 45 to 64; and 13.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.7% male and 48.3% female." - Source Wikipedia
McCall, Idaho is located approximately 2.5 hours North of Boise. It is celebrated for it's beautiful lakes, camping, historic Shore Lodge, golfing, skiing, snowboarding, biking, state park, mountains, winter carnival, huckleberries, hot springs, and quaint shopping.
Brundage Mountain opened in 1961 and has a summit elevation of 7,640' ASL and a drop of 1,800'. In a normal year, the mountain receives approximately 300" of snow annually making it a high volume tourist attraction. The DeBoer family which operates the ski resort are descendants of the early McCall settlers.
Tamarack Resort is also a nearby skiing attraction with a summit elevation of 7,660' and a drop of 2,700'.
Famous lore of McCall includes stories of a mythical lake-dwelling loch-ness-like-monster named Sharlie. Early sightings date back to 1920 when workers believed they saw log begin to move. The earliest reference to Sharlie may date back to the Native American's first living in the area now known as McCall. In 1944, a group of people near the Narrows of McCall saw a creature, describing it as, “At least 35 feet long, with a dinosaur-type head, pronounced jaw, humps like a camel, and shell-like skin” (McCall Chamber of Commerce). The serpent of McCall, was given the name Sharlie in a 1954 naming contest by a woman from Virginia. She has become the unofficial mascot of McCall.
Movoto voted McCall in the 5 Best Places to Raise a Family in Idaho in 2016
Marked with all the charm of Sun Valley, without the cost and crowd, McCall offers a safe community with activities to participate in year round. The low student ratio encourages a quality education.