150 Boise Icons: Tin Pan Alley

awebb@idahostatesman.comFebruary 14, 2013 

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Did you know? Besides Tin Pan Alley, Boise had a Lovers Lane, officially noted on city maps between 1864 and 1921. Property owners petitioned the city to change the name to Pioneer Street, which still exists in the River Street neighborhood. According to the city’s Arts and History Department, the lane was named for a doctor who nursed a neighborhood woman with typhoid fever back to health. The two fell in love and were married.

ANNA WEBB — awebb@idahostatesman.com

Not everyone realizes that Boise has its own Tin Pan Alley, a tiny back lane that became a street. It got its official Ada County Highway District sign in 1992.

The short dirt road is tucked in the middle of an odd-shaped block between 19th and 21st streets, just south of the Westside Drive In on State Street.

As the story goes, musicians who lived in houses along the alley came up with the name and it stuck.

Anyone know the real story, or who these musicians might have been? Let us know: awebb@idahostatesman.com.

Anna Webb: 377-6431

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