Welcome to Emmett
Drive into the “valley of plenty,” via Highway 16’s Freeze-out Hill and you’ll see orchards and fields stretched out before stark foothills where a century ago outlaws found refuge. Head on into Emmett and you’ll soon feel that legendary small-town serenity. New housing developments are nearly hidden in the rolling hills surrounding town.
From the tree-shaded park across from the railroad depot to the drive-in café where neighbors meet over a flavored soda, Emmett is a town linked to its past but poised for the future. Since the late 1800’s, the town has been known for its abundant cherry, apple, peach and apricot orchards, and Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the summer, you can find fruit, produce and other local products in the Farmers Market. This June marks the 70th year of the annual Cherry Festival, an event that culminates in a fun run and a parade that brings as many as 50,000 people to this community of 6,000.
The town began as the site of a ferry across the Payette River. Its first postmaster named the post office Emmettville, in honor of his son. In 1900 Emmettville incorporated, its name cropped to Emmett.