Historical places to visit in Idaho

Posted by Jeffery Sweet on Friday, December 13th, 2019 at 2:25pm

There are many different things you can do in the state of Idaho, finding some historical places to visit when traveling or living in Idaho is just one of them. Idaho was on the frontier and part of the Wild West so it carries with it over a century of America’s legends and history.

There are a lot of different historical places to consider one of them is the Idaho Peace Officers’ Memorial. It is a wonderful historical place to visit in Meridian, Idaho. The purpose of the memorial is to try and acknowledge the sacrifices of all of these officers that have given their lives while on the line of duty for the people that live in the state. The memorial provides an area of solace for families, friends and even people who just want to come and see all of those fallen officers and conjointly honors people who are presently serve the people of Idaho as peace officers. They also have many different events there, such as candle lighting, wreath ceremonies, regular ceremony’s and so on and so forth making it a great stop to see some great history.

Idaho military history museum in Middleton, Idaho is another great historical place to visit. The place is proud to display military history and artifacts that have a tie to the history of the people and state of Idaho. It opened in 1995. It has exhibits on various branches of the military including the Army National Guard, Mountain Home Air Force Base, the United States Marines and the US Navy. There are also many tours you can take while visiting the museum to have someone help show you all the different displays and what they mean.

Mittleider farmstead historic district located in Meridian Idaho became an official historic place in 2003. It is filled with agricultural outbuildings, animal facilities, and much more and is a great historical facility to visit if you are ever in Idaho.

Another great place to visit is the state capital in Boise, Idaho. It has been known to be one of the state’s most-loved and beautiful buildings. The capital building has guiided tours that allow you to learn about the history and traditions of the Gem State while you tour our capital. They even have a scavenger hunt that you can spent the day finding everything on it.

The Nampa train depot is another great historical place to visit. It was originally opened in 1903, but it now is a museum of local historical artifacts. It has been said to be one of the most iconic landmarks in the town. It shows you how the past hundred and fifty years changed Idaho and our great nation. It has many exhibits on the railroad history of the town, antique dolls, rodeo, and more. No matter if you live in Idaho or are just visiting and want to know more about the state you should check out these fantastic historical sites. I promise you will not regret it.

The Craters of the Moon National Monument is a fascinating place to visit. This preserve is located between Carey and Arco. The area is covered in 1,600 square miles of lava. The Shoshone once lived in this area and created a legend that a large snake on the mountain would get angry, coil around the mountain and squeezed it until liquid rock exploded out from the top. 

Near the Craters of the Moon is the Shoshone Ice Caves, in Shoshone, Idaho. This is sort of a magical place for those who love ancient history. The cave is always 30 degrees F, no matter the temperature outside. There are statues around the cave, including a Dinosaur statue that is ridden by a Caveman.

The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail is located in the Bitterroot Mountains and is a terrific place to hike, with your family or by yourself. The Nez Perce and Salish once roamed this area, and of course the Corps of Discovery. There's no cost to hike this part of the trail and you'll see some beautiful scenery.

The Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument is located in Hagerman, Idaho and is North America's largest concentration of Hagerman Horse fossils, located in a 4,351 acre protected area. The monument is also notable for Camelops fossils which is an extinct genus of Camel. Other fossils have been found here as well, such as the Borophaginae (bone-crushing dog, which is a fascinating read if you're curious), Mastadons, Saber-Toothed cats and many other species.

Hells Canyon National Recreation Area is located in western Idaho on over 652,000 acres of land next to Northeastern Oregon. While the Grand Canyon is ginormous, Hells Canyon is actually the largest/deepest river gorge in North America. The Snake River runs through the middle of the area. Because of how large this vast area of land is, Hells Canyon is divided into 3 different sites. 

Minidoka is an important part of our countries history. It's one of those lessons we need to remember and learn from. After the Pearl Harbor attacks many Japanese people on the west coast were moved into isolation due to wide-spread panic. Many believed there to be spies or even potential attackers on "the inside" if Japan launched a strike on coastal cities. In February of 1942, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed an executive order to move over 100,000 people of Japanese ancestry to 10 war relocation areas (isolated from society) in various states, including Idaho. If you're into history this is an important place to visit. 

The City of Rocks National Reserve in Idaho is another interesting site to visit. It was a marker of progress for people heading west. This included people traveling on the Applegate trail, Salt Lake Alternate Trail and even the California trail where people passed on their way to California goldmines. Eventually people started to settle in the area and created plenty more history for us to learn from. 

Foote Park Interpretive Center is a place to honor pioneers who helped shape and cultivate the Treasure Valley (Boise and other surrounding areas). 

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