Malad City, commonly called Malad, is the county seat of Oneida County. In fact, it is the only city in this far southeastern Idaho county, situated but thirteen miles from the Utah border to the south. The town, founded in 1864, is named after the nearby Malad River. Sometime between 1818 and 1821, a a group of fur trappers got sick, and died while camping along the river. Thinking that the water was contaminated, the river was called Malade, the french word for sick. As it turned out, the water was not to blame, but rather the beavers that the hungry group consumed. Apparently, the beavers gnawed on the roots of a particular tree in the area, thereby ingesting arsenic. It was arsenic that killed the trappers, not the river. The name Malad stuck nonetheless and is now a prime spot for Idaho real estate for those looking for a little more privacy.
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Malad City, being something of an old city, has, not surprisingly, a high proportion of older, more established houses. Approximately 45% or a total of about 415 houses in the city were constructed before 1949. Between the decades of the 1950s and 1960s, approximately another 200 houses (20%) were constructed. Approximately 175 houses (20%) were built between 1970 and 1989. Another 150 (15%) houses were put up between 1990 and 1999,a decade that witnessed two major earthquakes in the town. Only eight (0.9%) new homes were constructed in the first decade of 2000.
Value of Houses The average house value for Malad City is $110,724, as of the 2010 census. Well below the Idaho state average of $171,700, however the figure represents a significant leap in home values over the 2000 census findings. In the year 2000, the average house in Malad City was valued at $82,300. The 2010 value reflects a net increase in value of almost 25%.
Area Information Major industries of the city are construction and manufacturing, with many residents employed as metal or plastic workers.
Neighborhoods and Parks For such an isolated town, Malad City is blessed with diversions. Nine reservoirs offer superb fishing. Nearby Mt. Bonneville features excellent cross-country and great downhill skiing on its eastern slopes. Protected areas like Caribou-Targhee National Forest and Curlew National Grassland are likewise nearby, provide excellent sightseeing. In fact, there are over 222 miles of hiking trails around the town. Malad City also has a single horse-racing (and betting) track, hosts a twice yearly rodeo, and a week-long county fair. There is even a public swimming pool. A pride of the town is July's annual Welsh Festival.
Nearby Shopping Outside of local craftshops, no significant shopping exists in Malad. True Value Hardware occupies the building that housed Idaho's first department store, Evans Co-op, established in the 1860s. Nearby, in northern Utah or an hour northern of Malad City in Pocatello, ID there is plenty of shopping to fulfill your needs.
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Listing information last updated on June 27th, 2017 at 3:52pm MDT.