Idaho City Historical Maps

In the heart of the picturesque Boise Basin lies Idaho City, ID, a living testimony to the indomitable spirit of the American West.

Once a rip-roaring mining camp, Idaho City was the center of one of the richest gold strikes in North America during the 1860's. For a time it was even the largest city in the Northwest.

Though the gold eventually gave out and the population shrank, Idaho City refused to die. Today, it lives on as both the county seat of Boise County and an important historical site. You can still see much of what made this once bustling, brawling mining town famous as the "Queen of the Gold Camps".


Map of Idaho City, ID

Legend

1. Kestler'sOriginally a blacksmith shop, former home of Idaho's oldest newspaper.
2. St. Joseph Catholic ChurchEstablished 1863, first Catholic church for Euro-Americans in Idaho.
3. Boise Basin MercantileEstablished 1865. Was Idaho's oldest existing store as it closed the doors a few years ago after many long years serving Idaho City.
4. Idaho World BuildingBuilt 1867, home to Idaho's oldest functioning newspaper.
5. I.O.O.F. HallBuilt 1875. Oldest Odd Fellows Lodge in Idaho.
6. Miner's Exchange SaloonBuilt in 1865, one of the oldest buildings in the State and now home to the county offices.
7. Boise County CourthouseOne of the State's most important historical structures, built in 1873, still in use as the Courthouse.
8. Idaho City SchoolhouseBuilt in 1891, served as the school for 70 years. Now City Hall.
9. Boise Basin Historical MuseumBuilt in 1867, houses an extensive collection of early photographs, tools, and artifacts.
10. Idaho Territorial PenitentiaryBuilt of hand hewn logs in 1864.
11. Masonic TempleBuilt in 1865, reputedly the oldest temple west of the Mississippi.
12. Galbraith HouseBuilt in 1867, the oldest known residential structure in Idaho City.
13. Pon Yam HouseThe former home of a prosperous Chinese businessman, one of the thousands of Asians who came to mine in Idaho.
14. Kenn Smith ResidenceBuilt in the late 1860's. An excellent example of early mining town houses, now with a manicured garden.
15. Idaho City HotelA comfortable old country inn, furnished in antiques. Open all year.