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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Historic Idaho City

Wow! I am so behind on blogging! Just have been so busy with returning to work full time at our work's office...no more working in my Pj's from home! LOL!

I wanted to share some cool pics from our trip yesterday to Idaho City, Idaho. It is about 1.5 hours from Boise. It is like an old, western town with the wooden walkways and historic buildings. Unfortunately due to the recession most of the shops have closed down since this past winter.

It is very dusty and dry in Idaho city, the population is like 468! It was interesting to see and here are some pics of some cool things we saw!



OLD WELCOME TO IDAHO CITY PIC:






This house below is actually a home people live in, not one of the stores...isn't it cute?


















OLD ST. JOSEPH'S CHURCH PIC:




OLD BOISE BASIN MERC. PIC:






OLD BOISE COUNTY COURTHOUSE PIC:


These next set of pics are some of the pretty scenery we saw:









Me and my honey...


Some info on Idaho City if you are interested:

Idaho City Historical Info

Experience the Queen of the Gold Camps...

The year was 1862. In the eastern United States, brother fought brother in the bloody battles of the Civil War. But in the Idaho Territory, men had something different on their minds.

Gold had just been discovered in the Boise Basin. Drawn by the lure of instant wealth, prospectors poured into the area by the thousands. Towns sprang up everywhere, like mushrooms. The development of the State of Idaho was underway.
Almost overnight Idaho City became the largest town in the territory. It was a beehive of commercial activity. In its heyday the city boasted more than 250 businesses, including such amenities as opera and theater houses, music stores, tailors, breweries, bowling alleys, barber shops and bakeries, pool halls and drug stores. And, of course, numerous saloons.

It was a bawdy, lusty town where whiskey was cheaper than water. Life was cheap, too. Men went armed at all times and were quick to defend themselves. Winners in disputes often spent time in the stout log jail. Losers were carted off to Pioneer Cemetery.

Despite the atmosphere of lawlessness, Idaho City flourished. Within three years of its founding, the city had surpassed Portland, Oregon, as the most populous in the Northwest. And no wonder: during the gold rush more than $250,000,000.00 worth of the precious yellow metal was taken from the Boise Basin.

From boom to bust...

Within a few years of the strike, the gold had become harder to find and more difficult to mine. With fortunes no longer to be made, the prospectors left in droves.

Fires also ravaged the community. The first, in 1865, wiped out eighty percent of the buildings in town. Others, in 1867,1868, and 1871, were similarly destructive. Luckily, due to the extraordinary wealth of the gold strike, the town was speedily rebuilt each time. Today some of the best examples of early brick work and wooden architecture still exit in Idaho City. Many structures erected in the 1860's remain standing and represent some of Idaho's most important historical buildings.

4 comments:

  1. Wow!! :) I just love ♥ all of those amazing photos! The historical areas where they have taken such devotion to preserve them are wonderful. It looks so interesting.
    Your photos of yourself and hubby are just precious ♥ Thanks for giving me a peek into that area.
    Take good care ♥ Hugs, Dawn

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  2. Such an awesome place!! Thanks for sharing! Love all the old pictures!

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  3. wow, I am going to plan a trip there!!

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  4. wow, beautiful place, I wish I wouldn´t live so far away and can visit there...thanks for sharing this wonderful pictures.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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