A Walk through Time - Discovering Downtown Nampa
Photo by Allen Sandquist
Join historians Elizabeth Jacox and Barbara Perry Bauer of TAG Historical Research and Consulting for a walking tour of Nampa’s core commercial district.
Saturday, October 20
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
FREE for current Preservation Idaho members!
Members: RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Tour
Like many southwest Idaho towns, Nampa’s early roots are tied to the advent of the railroad and the development of large-scale irrigation projects. Businessmen such as Colonel W.H. Dewey, a wealthy mining investor from Silver City, were attracted to Nampa by its promising future. Dewey built the Boise, Nampa & Owyhee Railroad which ran from Nampa to Murphy, and promoted another line from Nampa to Emmett which was eventually extended to Lakeport (McCall). With Nampa now at the junction of four railroads, Colonel Dewey built the Dewey Palace Hotel. When it was completed in 1902, the Dewey Palace was acclaimed as one of the finest hotels in the West.
On July 3, 1909, a devastating fire caused by fireworks burned the entire block between 12th and 13th Avenues and 1st and Front Streets. Despite the wide destruction, Nampa rebounded and new buildings quickly appeared. Explore downtown and learn more about the public and commercial buildings that help tell the story of Nampa’s growth.
Special thanks to the Canyon County Historical Society, the City of Nampa Economic Development Department, Downtown Nampa, and Brick 29 for their support!
Meet Your Tour Guides
TAG Historical Research & Consulting provides historical research services, Section 106 documentation, preparation of National Register of Historic Places nominations, litigation support services, creation of narrative text for interpretive exhibits, house histories, and museums collection management consulting. TAG is the recipient of the 2009-2010 Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Art & History/Business Support of History.
Barbara Perry Bauer received her B.A. in history from Boise Sate University in 1985 and her M.A. in Public History from Boise State University in 2000. She has worked for the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming, and served as director of the Basque Museum and Cultural Center in Boise. Barbara has a special interest in the history of neighborhoods and urban development and is currently working on a book about the history of South Boise. Barbara is a member of the Boise City Arts and History Commission and is in charge of coordinating the Depot Day Celebration for the Commission.
Elizabeth Jacox has more than 25 years of experience in the field of historical research. She received her B.A. in history from Idaho State University in 1980. For fourteen years she worked as librarian at the Idaho State Historical Society Library and Archives. At TAG she has managed historic site surveys, records management projects, and artifact collections. Elizabeth is currently serving a 3-year elected term as a small business representative on the board of the American Cultural Resources Association.