Boise & Garden City

Get your free copy of Boise’s ‘Central Bench History’ book

The popular local history book includes several historic photographs and maps as well as the stories of longtime Central Bench residents and businesses. The Central Bench, which has recently become popular because of relatively affordable property, has always attracted a mix of residents, from the blue collar to the well-to-do. It retains its eclectic character to this day.
The popular local history book includes several historic photographs and maps as well as the stories of longtime Central Bench residents and businesses. The Central Bench, which has recently become popular because of relatively affordable property, has always attracted a mix of residents, from the blue collar to the well-to-do. It retains its eclectic character to this day. Jim Duran

The city of Boise printed 1,000 copies of “Central Bench History,” the new local history book by Boise State archivist Jim Duran.

The book and the topic — it’s about one of Boise’s iconic neighborhoods — are so popular that readers and history fans quickly snatched them up.

The good news is that the city has reprinted the books. Again, they’re available for free at Boise City Hall. They can also be checked out at the Boise Public Library Hillcrest or Cole and Ustick branches.

The entire book also can be downloaded for free from the Boise Department of Arts & History Facebook page.

“Central Bench History” is Duran’s first book. It details life and history in the Boise neighborhood bordered by Overland Road, Curtis Road, Alpine Street along the railroad tracks and Roosevelt Street.

Read a feature about Duran and the project at IdahoStatesman.com.

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