Local History

Feb. 13, 2020

Henry C Riggs

 

Born in Kentucky in 1826, Henry Chiles Riggs was a destined pioneer who became instrumental in shaping Idaho history.  He was known as an adventurous and pragmatic individual who was also serious about his civic duty.

When he was 20, Henry joined the First Missouri Mounted Volunteers and ...

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Dec. 4, 2019

Dry Creek Valley

 

Located about five miles northwest of Boise, Dry Creek is a wide valley surrounded by foothills.  Today, access to the area can be found on State Highway 55, Seaman's Gulch Road, Cartright Road, and Dry Creek Road.

 

 

 

The first person to take advantage of ...

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Oct. 22, 2019

The Idaho Birding Trail

 

To aid in conservation efforts and to enhance appreciation for Idaho’s wildlife, the Nongame Division of Idaho Fish and Game created the Idaho Birding Trail.  The purpose of the trail is to help preserve threatened, endangered, and “at risk” species by promoting education, viewing, and photography of Idaho’s ...

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Oct. 22, 2019

Potatoes

 

Have you ever wondered how Idaho became known for potatoes? The first-time potatoes were introduced to this state was when a Presbyterian missionary named Henry Spalding and his wife Eliza traveled here on the Oregon Trail in 1836.  The Spaldings came to the area to educate the Nez ...

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Oct. 22, 2019

The Boise Police Department

 

One of the many attractive characteristics of Boise is our relatively low crime rates and the general sense of safety that exists among our community.  The Boise Police Department has played an effective role in helping to create and maintain this aspect of our city. Thus, we thought ...

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July 29, 2019

Sacagawea

 

In May 1788, a Native American baby girl was born into the Lemhi Shoshone tribe near Salmon, Idaho.  This child, named Sacagawea, would grow up to be an integral member of the Lewis and Clark expedition and would help to ensure the success of their mission.

When she ...

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July 29, 2019

Library!

If you’ve ever passed a library in Boise, you may have noticed an “!” at the end of its name.  The story of how it got there is an interesting one and is attributed to, Howard Olivier, the founder of Flying Pie Pizzeria.  Flying Pie is an iconic ...

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June 6, 2019

The Children's Home

 

In the 1900s, Boise was a bustling city, increasing in population from 5,957 in 1900 to 17,358 in 1910.  But with urban growth came an increase in urban issues, one of which was the plight of poor orphaned children wandering the city streets begging for money ...

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May 8, 2019

The Boise Weekly

The Boise Weekly has been highlighting the people, happenings, and culture of Boise, Idaho, and the Mountain West for 27 years and counting.  It was created in 1992 by Andy Hedden-Nicely, a Boise advertising agency owner, his wife Debi, and Larry Ragan.   

 

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May 8, 2019

Winco

 

In 1967, two local businessmen, Ralph Ward and Bud Williams, had an idea to create a discount warehouse-style grocery store in Boise.  Thus, they founded Waremart—a no frills operation complete with flat carts, grease pencils for writing the price on each item, and a consistent focus on low ...

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