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Paving a Road of Gold to the West

In 1834, with the Oregon Trail crowded with wagon trains, The Hudson’s Bay Company established a trading post along the Snake River, northwest of present day Boise. At the time, the site of present day Boise was considered a wooded oasis in the typically arid northwest. The area was named “Le Bois”, or “wooded” in French, and was primarily a way-point on the long trail to Oregon. Until 1862 when Gold was first discovered in the area; the town population exploded seemingly overnight. Many prospectors would make trips to Le Bois to restock their supplies after mining in the surrounding mountain mining camps.

A year later in 1863 the U.S. Army established Fort Boise. Shortly after that in 1864, Boise became the territorial capital as well as an incorporated city. In 1868, after several Gold strikes occurred, the town was composed of 400 permanent structures, more than half being permanent residential housing. In 1870, the Idaho Penitentiary was constructed; which at one time or another housed numerous legendary western renegades.

What Happens When the Gold is Gone?

As the Gold dried up the people headed further west, and Boise was left to fight for survival. Boise was isolated geographically; it was far from major lines of transportation and the climate was too parched to sustain farming demands. However, a determined core of citizens set forth to make the area habitable through developing irrigation systems, planting crops and plotting out a town with shady streets running along the Snake River.

Just like those who first ventured to Le Bois back in 1862, twentieth century travelers could only reach Boise after a strenuous wagon trail journey. When Idaho entered the Union in 1920, Boise was selected as the state capital and had the capitol building erected that year. After a long battle to bring in any railway service, Union Pacific built the Elegant Union Pacific Depot (now the Boise Depot) in 1925. Subsequently, a nFeatured imageumber of dams and reservoirs were constructed in the years prior to World War II in the hopes of further improving the agricultural outlook and providing a consistent water supply and hydroelectric power for the budding city.

As the commitment grew overseas during World War II, the military’s presence also grew in Boise. The military established Gowen Field as a flying and training base during the war. In the 1960’s, Boise drew up a new city charter, which included annexing many of the surrounding suburban areas and doubling the town’s population. As Boise continues to prosper in the 21st century, the town’s population is constantly growing and Boise real estate is a hot commodity; all this thanks to Boise’s desirable climate, urban renewal, growing job opportunities, quality of life, and favorable climate.

Now if all these facts have peaked your interest and you’re considering a move to beautiful Boise, Idaho, I would act fast. The gorgeous homes for sale in Boise are going quickly. If you wish to discuss the move contact Brent Dildine, today at brentdildineboise@gmail.com.

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