Boise 150

Boise 150, Community Conversation
Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

This year, Boise turns 150-years-old. When it comes to national top 10 lists, the town has been competitive with much bigger cities like San Francisco, Seattle, and even New York City. But what exactly is it about Idaho’s capital city that makes it a place people love to call “home”?

During a community conversation hosted by the KBSX newsroom, Boiseans dug in to what makes the city tick.

Dave Crawforth

Boise is 150-years-old this year. The same year that Idaho became a territory, 1863, Boise became a town.

Terri Schorzman knows the city well. She was born here and didn’t leave until she was in high school when her father took a job in Colorado. Schorzman says she had a circuitous route back to Boise, including 13 years in Washington D.C.

“It just seemed like the right thing to do,” she says. “I just wanted to raise my kids here.”  Schorzman and her family left Washington D.C. on a whim. She and her husband didn’t have any jobs lined up in Boise.  

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Boise, Foothills, City, Landscape
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Every year Boise ranks on a slew of top 10 lists. The city has been placed among the best U.S.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Boise celebrated its 150 birthday Sunday with a massive party at Julia Davis Park. The City of Trees was officially platted July 7, 1863.

Mayor Dave Bieter led the birthday song for the crowd.  Crowds flocked to the shade, escaping the heat under food and beer tents.  The festivities included music from local indie rock group Finn Riggins, as well as more traditional music from Boise's past.

Boise Dept. of Arts & History

Boise celebrates its sesquicentennial this month and we want to hear your stories about living in Idaho's capital city. Come share your stories at our July 11 community conversation. You'll hear perspectives on the city from our guests who will include a historian and a city councilor.

Our guests will include Barbara Perry Bauer, a local historian who co-owns TAG Historical Research and Consulting in Boise. She has a special interest in neighborhood history and urban development and has managed historic site surveys throughout the Treasure Valley.

Courtesy of Boise City Department of Arts and History

Idaho’s capital city turns 150 this year and to mark the occasion the ticketing lobby at the Boise Airport will be home to a commissioned mural. The city of Boise will commission the work. A national panel has narrowed the field to proposals from three Idaho artists.