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In 1863, at the height of the gold rush, Placerville had a population of 3,200 consisting mostly of miners and townspeople who worked the Basin.  Later, logging and ranching became the predominate occupations.  Since World War II, outdoor recreation, second homeowners and tourism have become important to Central Idaho and the Boise Basin.  
In 1863, at the height of the gold rush, Placerville had a population of 3,200 consisting mostly of miners and townspeople who worked the Basin.  Later, logging and ranching became the predominate occupations.  Since World War II, outdoor recreation, second homeowners and tourism have become important to Central Idaho and the Boise Basin.  

Star Ranch

Phillip and Katharina Ranft purchased the Star Ranch in 1874 from David and Catherine Lamme (Lamb), who settled there about 1870.  Phillip and Katharina built a thriving enterprise with a hotel, saloon, a dance hall with living quarters in back, stables, a sawmill across the creek and a horse racing track, which attracted travelers, boarders, miners and ranchers.  During late summer racing enthusiasts of Southern Idaho came to the famous Star Ranch.  Nearly all the horses were locally owned, a few of the Idaho owners had imported horses that were carefully bred in Kentucky.