Local History

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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Jan. 26, 2019

History of Eagle, Idaho

 

The city of Eagle came to be when gold was discovered there in 1862.  In 1970 there were 350 people living there.  Eagle has grown to a current population of 20,000.  The township was first farmed by Truman Catlin and Polete Mace.  Catlin built ...

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Dec. 24, 2018

Freak Alley

 

On the night of December 15th, 2002, a local artist named Colby Akers painted a mural on the alley doorway of the Moon’s Café in the heart of downtown Boise.  When the surrounding businesses saw this, they wanted him to paint the back of their buildings, too ...

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Nov. 5, 2018

Peregrine Falcons of Idaho

 

The peregrine falcon is featured on the Idaho state quarter and has been our official state raptor since 2004.  The name “peregrine” means “wanderer” as they are known to have the longest migration of any North American bird, traveling up to as far as 15,500 miles in ...

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Aug. 23, 2018

Boise Natatorium

 

 

In 1891, Christopher W. Moore moved to Warm Springs Avenue and founded the Boise Artesian Hot & Cold Water Company, which utilized the Kelly Hot Springs as its water source.  He then enlisted the help of John C. Paulsen to design a hot water bathing resort—The Boise Natatorium ...

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Aug. 18, 2018

History of Table Rock

 

Located between downtown Boise and the foothills, Table Rock is a prominent local landmark.  Its earliest known use was that of a sacred ceremonial meeting place for the Northern Shoshone Indian tribe. In the early 1990s, the midsection of quarry was sold and opened to rock mining.  ...

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July 8, 2018

Reverend James Funsten

Though you may have never heard his name before, James B. Funsten impacted Boise in ways still visible today.  He was born in Virginia on July 23, 1856 and was the eldest son of a colonel.  He grew up to become a lawyer but later left his law ...

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May 30, 2018

The Idaho Statesman

With an interest in the West and a desire to start a newspaper, James Reynolds moved to Boise, Idaho, from New York and became the editor of the Tri-Weekly Statesman which began publication on July 26, 1864. The newsroom was operated from a log cabin on the spot where the ...

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