History of Ada County - Historic Preservation

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History of Ada County

As part of our mission of Preserving Ada County’s Heritage, the Council has produced the following comprehensive histories of our County.  The first is in an abbreviated graphics and text format, and the second is a timeline of events, places, and people that are significant to Ada County History.

Ada County Chronicles

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A PDF version of the Council’s PowerPoint presentation of the history of development in Ada County entitled Ada County Chronicles. This entertaining and colorful show covers the County’s history from the earliest European travels through the area to modern times. The PDF version contains two color slides per page. Simply click on the image at left to download this file (about 5 megabytes).

The animated PowerPoint show that this PDF is derived from lasts about 45 minutes. Groups interested in scheduling a showing should see our About the Council page to contact staff or a Council member about presentations of this slideshow.

Ustick: A Community on the Brink of Place

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An overview of the history of the trolley suburb & farming hamlet of Ustick, Idaho. Located on Ustick Road between Five Mile Road and Cloverdale Road, Ustick Townsite was platted in 1907 and prospered due to its proximity to the Boise Valley Railway trolley system. The townsite included Ustick School, a mercantile, a bank, and a creamery, all of which are still in existence today. The area teemed with apple orchards and at one time supported three vinegar plants. This presentation by Ted Vanegas is derived from his graduate project at BSU and includes thoughts about the future of this neighborhood.

Click here for a PDF version of Ustick: A Community on the Brink of Place.

Visit our Documents, County Treasures and Historic Site Inventories pages for additional information about the history of Ada County, Idaho and our cities and towns of Boise, Garden City, Eagle, Star, Meridian, and Kuna.