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Riggins is a small town of about 400 (steady since 2000) located along U.S. Highway 95 in Idaho County in Western Idaho. Riggins is about 150 miles north of Boise and 120 miles South South East of Lewiston. The earliest recorded inhabitants of the area where Riggins is today were the Nez Perce. In the 1860's miner's came to the area and the rough little settlement was called Gouge Eye after an incident in a saloon here. In 1893 the first home was built here and by 1894 they built a school. Riggins Village was incorporated in 1948 and was named for Fred Riggins, the first postman in the area and his son Richard L. Riggins the postmaster.

Riggins is now a quaint village with ample outdoor recreational opportunities, beautiful scenery and some friendly locals. The Salmon and Little Salmon Rivers meet here and Seven Devil Mountains, and Hell's Canyon National Recreation Area are nearby. There are also one archaeological district and 4 individual locations in or near Riggins listed in the National Register of Historic Places.