Idaho is a state full of colorful history & you’re probably not far from a historical landmark right this moment. I work from the Old Boise Pioneer building in downtown Boise and this place is loaded with historical items on display so it got me thinking about other not so well-known spots around Idaho.
Located in Cataldo Idaho neighboring Coeur D’Alene, The Cataldo Mission is also known as The Mission of Sacred Heart and is the oldest standing building in Idaho. It was built somewhere in between 1850-1853 by an effort of missionaries, over 300 natives & an Italian Jesuit architect named Antonio Ravalli. It was built for the Nez Perce Natives who wanted to learn more about the bible.
I mentioned this one in a blog a while back about Arco, Idaho being the worlds first nuclear-powered city in the world. Known as the Experimental Breeder Reactor 1 or EBR-I this same reactor is what managed to be the world’s first peacetime use of nuclear power & you can luckily visit the site from late May through early September. It’s always a great moment to visit a “world’s first”!
I actually walk by this building every day before and after work and I never really took time to stop and research the building until recently. The Assay Office is located on 210 Main Street in Boise, Idaho and was built to help the state’s great demand on assaying due to Idaho being the 3rd largest gold production state around the 1870s. According to Wikipedia, what an assay office does is separate metals from impurities. There’s a plaque by the front door that says “more than 75,000,000 dollars in gold and silver came through its doors”. The more you know!
I’m a huge history nerd so researching for this blog put a smile on my face. GO! Out and GO! explore some of these locations, I promise they won’t disappoint.