Cambridge is a small farming, ranching, and logging community situated in a sheltered valley approximately 100 miles northwest of Boise, Idaho on U.S. Highway 95. The community was founded in 1900 following the construction of the Pacific and Idaho Northern Railway’s line enroute to the mining and logging fields further to the north.
Recreation abounds in the Cambridge area with the ruggedly beautiful Hells Canyon of the Snake River just 24 miles to the west on State Highway 71. Nearly 100 miles of backwater from three Idaho Power Hydroelectric dams provide ample space for watercraft enthusiasts and anglers alike. Rafters and kayakers love the swift whitewater rapids below Hells Canyon Dam as the mighty Snake River flows north to join the Clearwater at Lewiston, Idaho.
The population of Cambridge, according to the 2000 census, is around 360 inside the city limits. The people of Cambridge take pride in the appearance and livability of their community. The volunteer spirit is alive and prospering in Cambridge, making it a pleasant environment to live and raise a family.
The climate in the Cambridge valley could be termed “moderate,” with pleasant temperatures in the spring and fall, ranging from lows around 20 to highs in the 70s. However, in winter and summer, extremes can often dip into the sub-zeros or soar to over 100 for days at a time. The all-time high temperature was reached in the summer of 2002 when the mercury climbed to 114. Evening breezes from the surrounding mountains produce cool, pleasant evenings in the summertime.
The forty-year average annual rainfall is around 20 inches and the snowfall ranges from six to 36 inches.
The elevation of Cambridge is 2,650 feet above sea level with the surrounding mountains reaching elevations around 8000 feet, plummeting to around 1500 feet in Hells Canyon.
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