Cultural History

Along the River's Banks: A Cultural Oasis

The excellent topography, climate, and relative abundance of water have attracted people to the valley of the Boise River for thousands of years. Native Americans traveled through the valley, camped on the river's banks, hunted and fished and gathered plant materials here. The valley's location along the Oregon Trail and the discovery of gold in the Boise Basin in the mid-1800s brought the first influx of Euro-American, Chinese, Mormon and Jewish settlers, followed by Basques, African Americans, Hawaiians and Japanese by the end of the century. We'll explore some significant cultural sites along the river with an emphasis on the historical human connections to the river, including some of the impacts we've had on this important resource.

Cultural History Locations

View and print PDF versions of the interpretive messages before visiting the trail by clicking the links below.

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