Deary, Idaho is located about 24 miles east of Moscow and has a population of about 500 people. In the 1880s and 1890s, Deary was settled predominately by Scandinavians from the Midwest. Potlatch Lumber Company engineers decided to locate a station of the Washington, Idaho & Montana Railway Company on this site in 1905. Deary was officially founded as a town in 1907, named after a businessperson in the lumber industry, William Deary. The town is well loved for camping, hunting, fishing, and hiking. Potato Hill (elev. 4,017) is a mountain north of town that rises 1,100 feet above its surroundings and is a volcanic vent of which its age is unknown. Homes on acreage in Deary are popular. The most popular location to visit in Deary is "The Pie Safe," a local bakery selling homemade food, wares, and of course, pie.
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