About King Hill
Before 1870 the community of King Hill was known as a stop on the stage coach and freight lines of the day, until it was bypassed when Glenn's Ferry, further south on the Snake River, opened up a shorter route. Later on the railroad was built between the town and the Snake River, which is still there today. U.S. Highway 30 was later built next to the railroad, bringing more travelers to King Hill. But then it was trumped by Glenn's Ferry (the town) again when the freeway once again took the shorter route and crossed the Snake River right over the location of the original ferry.
Today, the old U.S. Highway 30 is as big and wide and smooth as ever, but only a few cars follow it through King Hill. The remains of an old gas station can be seen and a row of old brick downtown-style buildings lining the "Meridian Street" are still in use, but obviously not targeting tourism. Aside from these reminders of a more important past in the history of travel, King Hill seems quite established in its current role as a remote agricultural community. The houses and yards were in use and kept up, and people are out and about.
No population figures were available for King Hill, but it can't be more than a few hundred. The town is arranged parallel to the river. The train tracks are first, then the old highway. After this there is King Hill Frontage Road, which runs right next to the highway, (no doubt an older alignment of the highway). North from there is where the houses and buildings start, occupying about two blocks wide and several blocks long, with one more street, Main Street, running parallel to the highway, and four streets running the other way. The elevation is 2,536 feet.
King Hill Frontage Road
King Hill Road
Mesa Extension Road
Rocky Mountain Road