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 the agricultural opportunities offered here was Phillip Schick.  The son of German immigrants, he was born in New York but found his way to California in search of gold, then to Portland, eventually to Lewiston, and finally to Boise.  Oral tradition in his family tells of his finding the Dry Creek Valley when an ox from his team wandered off, leading him to a wide valley of waist-high grasses.  In 1863, he and George Banker took out a homestead patent for 160 acres on the eastern side of the valley.

 

By 1868, Phillip had built a house, stable, and chicken coop and planted several new trees.  He had four horses and a milk cow and grew wheat, corn, barley, potatoes, beans, and hay.  In 1870, he married Mary Yaryan, and in 1879, they built a schoolhouse on Dry Creek Road so their daughter, Clara, would have a close school to attend.  It was built on land donated by John Glenn with the condition that no dances be held there.  It was called the Schick Schoolhouse for decades, until it was later changed to Dry Creek School.  Phillip Schick was a very successful farmer, and by 1890, he had one of the most valuable ranches in the Valley.  He died in 1902 and was buried in the Pioneer section of Dry Creek Cemetery. 

 

Other homesteaders to the area included Alexander Rossi and Albert Robie, who built a lumber yard two miles west of Schick’s farm.  Also, Thomas and Elizabeth Kingsbury planted extensive orchards west of Rossi-Robie which later turned into a sprawling sheep farm.

 

Today, Phillip & Mary Schick’s former 400-acre estate is preserved as a 2-acre farmstead known as the Schick-Ostolasa Farmstead.  It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as being an outstanding example of early homesteading. The farmstead is open to the public on Saturdays, May-September, and hosts a variety of events throughout the year.  Dry Creek Valley is also home to the master-planned community of Hidden Springs which has 2,200+ residents and 800 acres of permanently preserved open space.