Living in Boise, Idaho!
Boise, the capital city of Idaho, is bursting with rich history and a healthy growing future.
Originally settled in 1834, along the Oregon Trail (northwest of Boise’s current location - on the Snake River), Hudson’s Bay Company (a Canadian retail fur trading business) founded a trading post for the wagon trail. The French-Canadian’s lovingly penned it as “Les Bois” – meaning wooded.
Thousands of emigrants continued to pass through the area on their way to Oregon. They found Boise to be the perfect oasis in the desert.
Thirty years later, gold was discovered and shortly after bringing a fresh wave of prospectors to the area looking to strike it rich and to create a convenient supply point for the mining camps.
In 1864, the town became a territorial capital and was incorporated as a city. Over the following years, gold strikes continued. By 1868 the town had more than 400 permanent structures, many of which were residential.
Once the gold boom settled, the population started to dwindle. It was so isolated from any “modern type” of transportation. The locals didn’t want to leave, and were determined to make it a desirable place to live. They started planting crops, developing an irrigation system, and mapped streets along the Boise River.
Fifteen years of construction and determination, the Capitol Building was complete in 1920. Five years later, in 1925, the Union Pacific Depot (now called the Boise Depot) was built and finally brought the first railway service to run through the area.
Fast forward to today, and people are still seeking out Boise as that oasis in the desert.
Since 2017 Boise has consistently been one of the fastest growing cities in America. Boise has achieved such a high livability score for many reasons. It has access to an abundance of local recreational activities right on its doorstep, vibrant downtown, many wonderful restaurants, and a beautiful four-seasons climate.
The city also has an ideal balance of large city amenities coupled with a small-town friendliness. On the weekend you will see throngs of happy hikers and bikers out enjoying the foothills and then in the evening frequenting a local brewery or concert house. Sports fans are crazy about the Boise State Broncos football team – played on the famous blue turf, and the Idaho Steelheads ice hockey team
Within Boise, there are many favorite communities, each one with it's own unique style:
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