Idaho History

Idaho History

Jack rabbits by the thousands were a constant plague for Idaho farmers

Jack rabbits were so numerous and did so much damage to farmers’ crops in early Idaho that they were often in the news. In July 1874, when W.H. Thurman’s son accidentally shot his little sister in the leg, the Idaho Statesman wrote, “The boy has been in the habit of shooting rabbits for some time, which troubled his father’s grain fields, killing a hundred or more a day.” W.H Thurman operated a grist mill about 5 miles west of Boise City where many area farmers brought their wheat to be ground into flour.

Idaho History

Welsh have a long history in Idaho

In the 1916 election for governor of Idaho, both candidates were foreign-born. Democratic Gov. Moses Alexander, a clothier and former mayor of Boise, was born in Germany. He narrowly defeated banker D.W. Davis, a Republican from American Falls who was a native of Wales.

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19th-century ads in Idaho promised miracle cures

Quack medicine ads appeared regularly in the Idaho Statesman in the 19th century, often over the name of a Boise drug store where they could be purchased without a prescription. Myers & Boomer and John F. Ridenbaugh had Main Street drug stores that advertised regularly. Others cure-alls advertised could be ordered only by mail.

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University of Idaho dig looks for traces of Boise’s military past

University of Idaho is once again conducting a summer urban archaeology dig in Boise. Last year, the team focused on the River Street neighborhood in Boise. This year, the focus is the former parade grounds at old Fort Boise. The public dig seeks to retrieve anything of historic value from the ground before a parking lot covers it up forever.

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What we wore: Historians tell Idaho’s story through clothing

An online exhibition of garments and other textiles will go live shortly before the Idaho State Historical Museum reopens to the public after a $17 million renovation in 2017. The exhibition represents a first-ever partnership with the Idaho Visualization Lab at Idaho State University, as well as a new, accessible and interactive way to feature a diverse and dazzling collection

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The Boise County of 1870 was melting pot of nationalities

An Idaho Tri-weekly Statesman correspondent wrote from Idaho City in May 1866, “Idaho is daily greeted with new faces; strangers arriving on every stage and from all parts of the world in search of that article generally called ‘root of all evil,’ which abounds in large quantities in every gulch and in every hillside.”

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Carnegie grants helped build libraries across Idaho

The golden age for building public libraries came to Idaho in the early 20th century. Multimillionaire Andrew Carnegie, through his foundation, had offered grants for that purpose since 1883, and a total of 1,689 Carnegie libraries had been built in the United States by 1929. Idaho towns received grants of $138,000 between 1901 and 1914.

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Lafayette Cartee admired, respected in 19th century Boise

Reported the Idaho Tri-weekly Statesman on June 20, 1872: “General Cartee’s grounds and improvements surpass anything this side of California.” Idaho’s surveyor general was then building a large stone cellar above ground in the rear of his house for storing some of his nursery stock and vegetables.

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Lafayette Cartee left a notable legacy to Idaho

Lafayette Cartee was one of the most remarkable men in the history of Boise and of Idaho, credited by our late State Historian Merle Wells with making “several diverse but important contributions to the physical development and beauty of Boise.” Cartee did even more for Idaho Territory by quite literally “putting Idaho on the map” after his appointment as surveyor general in 1866.

Videos

Expert tips: Storing historic clothing

Sarah Phillips, curatorial registrar at the Idaho State Historical Museum, shares her expertise in the best ways to store historic clothing.
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Expert tips: Storing historic clothing

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