Boise, capital city of Idaho, was established during the gold rush days of the 1800s. Fort Boise, owned by the Hudson Bay Company, was established by British fur traders in 1834. The fort was abandoned in 1854 due to frequent Indian raids. A new fort was built in 1863 to protect the many travelers that came to the area once gold was discovered. A townsite was located next to the fort and that has grown to present day Boise. Below are the musy visited places if you ever find yourself in Boise.
Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial The Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial is located in the cultural district of Boise. The Memorial contains over 60 quotes that were selected from among approximately 2,000 that were submitted. The quotes are from leaders and human rights figures throughout history. A bronze statue of Anne Frank is located in the “Attic” of the Memorial. The garden of the Human Rights Memorial features trees and flowers from around the world, benches, and stainless steel statues of human rights leaders.
Idaho Botanical Gardens The Idaho Botanical Garden served as the farm and nursery for the Idaho State Penitentiary until it closed in 1973. The garden features 13 specialty gardens. Each has a unique focus, be it Herb, Rose, Alpine, Contemporary English, Outlaw Field, Butterfly & Hummingbird, Iris, Meditation, Water, Cactus, Peony, Children, and Idaho Native Plants. Also on State Capitol Construction began on the Capitol Building in 1905 and was completed in 1920. The majority of the building was constructed of sandstone with marble from Alaska, Georgia, Vermont, and Italy. The top of the dome has a 5 ft high statue of a golden eagle. The building features various displays and temporary exhibits. In 2010 the building was rededicated following extensive restoration work.