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On a high-desert plateau of the Snake River Plain in southwestern Idaho, Boise, the "City of Trees," began as an encampment on the Oregon Trail along the Boise River. Indigenous tribes of the area were soon after displaced, and by 1864, a town site was platted north of the river, abutting the garrison at Fort Boise. Early settlers found livelihoods as merchants, supplying miners in the Boise Basin, where gold was discovered in 1862. Boiseans experienced difficulty accepting a municipal government and had to wrest territorial status from Lewiston in northern Idaho. Through decades of irrigation and commerce, they grappled with isolation and a scarcity of goods and amenities, which produced a remarkably resilient and vibrant population. From the railroad in 1880s to statehood in 1890, the interurban, and the airplane, rocket, and computer chip-making eras, Boise continues to grow and thrive.
ISBN: 9780738559896
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Idaho
Series: Images of America
Images: 179
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
This compilation is based extensively on archival photographs, especially from the Idaho State Historical Society's Library and Archives Division, as well as private sources. Author Frank Thomason, Ph.D., a trained historian, is a weekly newspaper publisher and editor in west Ada County and a third-generation area resident.
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