Idaho Capitol

A Capitol Tragedy: Idaho History That Hits Home

Mar 22, 2017
Erin McClure / Boise State Public Radio

The Idaho State Capitol in Boise attracts many visitors with its historic paintings and artifacts. And then there are the stories. The tale of the boy who falls to his death strikes some as an urban myth. But if you step into the offices of the Attorney General, there’s some evidence to back it up.

 

 

It’s a couple of newspaper articles from 1926, framed side by side and hanging in the office of Janet Carter, an executive assistant. The article is from the Idaho Statesman and is dated December 19, 1926. It reads:

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Idaho officials say they can't display rainbow lights on the Capitol building for upcoming LGBT pride observances in Boise.

The Idaho Statesman reports that officials say the technical limitations of the lighting system prevent them from fulfilling the request from Boise Pridefest organizers.

But leaders of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender event suspect political concerns are also involved.

New Approach Idaho

Friday afternoon on the steps of Idaho’s Capitol a group of people plan to break the law. It’s a protest that could come with some serious repercussions for those involved.

Idaho has some of the strictest marijuana laws in the country. If Serra Frank is caught with an ounce, she could reasonably expect to pay a $1,000 fine and spend a year in jail. But Frank says she will be smoking pot at the Capitol on January 1 anyway. 

Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho taxpayers will pay nearly $400,000 to bring the state's recently renovated Capitol into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Spokesman-Review reports that state officials wrongly assumed the Capitol qualified for exemptions permitted for historic buildings while undergoing the $120 million renovation back in 2010.

A complaint filed to the U.S. Department of Justice sparked a full investigation of the building, which has resulted in 110 necessary changes.

Courtesy of Frank Aden Jr.

Boise’s skyline has morphed over time, as buildings from early in the last century made way for newer, more modern structures. Those changes were captured in picture postcards and have been published in a new book.

Frank Aden Junior is an amateur Boise historian and a member of the Idaho Historical Society. His interest in Boise history grew out of his hobby of collecting old picture postcards that showed the city from different locations.