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Boise, Idaho
Boise, Idaho

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Nickname: City of Trees
Motto: Energy Peril Success
Location in Ada County and the state of Idaho
Location in Ada County and the state of Idaho
Coordinates: 43°36′49″N 116°12′12″W / 43.61361, -116.20333
Country United States
State Idaho
County Ada
Founded 1863
Incorporated 1864
Government
 - Mayor David H. Bieter
Area
 - City 64 sq mi (165.8 km²)
 - Land 63.8 sq mi (165.2 km²)
 - Water 0.2 sq mi (0.5 km²)
Elevation 2,700 ft (823 m)
Population (2006)
 - City 201,287
 - Metro 635,450
Time zone Mountain Standard Time (UTC-7)
 - Summer (DST) Mountain Daylight Time (UTC-6)
Area code(s) 208
Website: http://www.cityofboise.org

Boise is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Idaho. It is the county seat of Ada County and the principal city of the Boise metropolitan area. Besides Boise, Idaho, you may also be finding the following places: Boise, Texas Boise, Washington Boise City, Oklahoma Boise National Forest Boise County, Idaho Boise Cascade This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2048x698, 177 KB) Summary This is Boise as seen from the North. ... Flag of Boise, Idaho File links The following pages link to this file: Boise, Idaho Categories: Flag images ... EXAMPLE:Laughbox,Blondie,BamBam,Pinkie,etc. ... For other uses, see Motto (disambiguation). ... Image File history File links Ada_County_Idaho_Incorporated_and_Unincorporated_areas_Boise_City_Highlighted. ... Ada County is a county, located in the U.S. state of Idaho. ... Official language(s) English [1] Capital Boise Largest city Boise Largest metro area Boise metropolitan area Area  Ranked 14th  - Total 83,642 sq mi (216,632 km²)  - Width 305 miles (491 km)  - Length 479 miles (771 km)  - % water 0. ... This is an alphabetical list of the sovereign states of the world, including both de jure and de facto independent states. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      The political units and divisions of the United States include: The 50 states... Official language(s) English [1] Capital Boise Largest city Boise Largest metro area Boise metropolitan area Area  Ranked 14th  - Total 83,642 sq mi (216,632 km²)  - Width 305 miles (491 km)  - Length 479 miles (771 km)  - % water 0. ... 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Mountain Standard Time (MST) is UTC-7, Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) is UTC-6 The Mountain Time Zone of North America keeps time by subtracting seven hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC-7) during the shortest days of autumn and winter, and by subtracting six hours during daylight saving time... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... The area code 208 is the area code for the state of Idaho. ... Not to be confused with capitol. ... 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The Boise metropolitan area is a region of Idaho which includes not only the city of Boise, Idahos capital and largest city, but also the cities of Meridian, Nampa, Garden City, Caldwell, Kuna, Star, Eagle, Middleton, and Homedale. ...


As of the 2000 census, Boise's population was 185,787 (2006 estimate: 201,287)[1]. Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Geography and climate

Boise is located at 43°36′49″N, 116°14′16″W (43.613739, -116.237651)GR1.


Downtown Boise is at an elevation of 2,704 feet (824 m) above sea level. Elevation histogram of the surface of the Earth – approximately 71% of the Earths surface is covered with water. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... This article is about the unit of length. ... The term above mean sea level (AMSL) refers to the elevation (on the ground) or altitude (in the air) of any object, relative to the average sea level. ...


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 165.8 km² (64.0 mi²). 165.2 km² (63.8 mi²) of it is land and 0.5 km² (0.2 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.33% water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ...

Monthly Normal and Record High and Low Temperatures
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Rec High °F
(°C)
63
(17.2)
71
(21.7)
81
(27.2)
92
(33.3)
99
(37.2)
109
(42.8)
111
(43.9)
110
(43.3)
102
(38.9)
94
(34.4)
78
(25.6)
65
(18.3)
Norm High °F
(°C)
36.7
(2.6)
44.5
(6.9)
53.6
(12.0)
61.7
(16.5)
70.7
(21.5)
80.3
(26.8)
89.2
(31.8)
88
(31.1)
77.2
(25.1)
64.3
(17.9)
47.5
(8.6)
37.2
(2.9)
Norm Low °F
(°C)
23.6
(-4.7)
28.8
(-1.8)
34
(1.1)
39.4
(4.1)
46.6
(8.1)
54.2
(12.3)
60.3
(15.7)
59.8
(15.4)
51.2
(10.7)
41.3
(5.2)
32.4
(0.2)
24.1
(-4.4)
Rec Low °F
(°C)
-17
(-27.2)
-15
(-26.1)
6
(-14.4)
19
(-7.2)
22
(-5.6)
31
(-0.6)
35
(1.7)
34
(1.1)
23
(-5.0)
11
(-11.7)
-3
(-19.4)
-25
(-31.7)
Precip in
(mm)
1.39
(35)
1.14
(29)
1.41
(36)
1.27
(32)
1.27
(32)
0.74
(19)
0.39
(10)
0.3
(8)
0.76
(19)
0.76
(19)
1.38
(35)
1.38
(35)
Source: USTravelWeather.com [1]

History

Boise, Idaho sign
Boise, Idaho sign

It is clear that the area was referred to as Boise long before the establishment of Fort Boise. However, the exact details of how the name came to be applied to the area differ in the available accounts. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 431 pixelsFull resolution (2229 × 1201 pixel, file size: 580 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) A sign in Boise, Idaho File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 431 pixelsFull resolution (2229 × 1201 pixel, file size: 580 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) A sign in Boise, Idaho File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ...


Some credit a story told of Captain B.L.E. Bonneville of the US Army as the source of the name. After trekking for weeks through dry and rough terrain, his exploration party reached an overlook with a view of the Boise River Valley. The place where they stood is called Bonneville Point, and is located on the Oregon Trail east of the city. According to the story, French-speaking guide, overwhelmed by the sight of the verdant river, yelled "Les Bois! Les Bois!" and this is how Boise got its name.


But the name "Boise" may actually derive from earlier mountain-man usage, which followed early trappers' name for the river that flows through it. In the 1820s, French Canadian fur trappers set traplines in the area where Boise now lies. This is mostly an area of high desert, but a prominent landmark was the tree-lined valley of the Boise River. They called this "La Riviere Boise", which means "the wooded river."


The original Fort Boise was 40 miles (64 km) west, down the Boise River, near the confluence with the Snake River at the Oregon border. This fort was erected by the Hudson's Bay Company in the 1830s. It was abandoned in the 1850s, but massacres along the Oregon Trail prompted the U.S. Army to re-establish a fort in the area in 1863, during the U.S. Civil War. The new location was selected because it was near the intersection of the Oregon Trail and a major road connecting the Boise Basin (Idaho City) and the Owyhee mining areas, both booming at the time. Idaho City was the largest city in the area, but the new Fort Boise grew rapidly (as a staging area to Idaho City) and Boise was incorporated as a city in 1864. The first capital of Idaho Territory was Lewiston, but Boise replaced it in 1865. Fort Boise was a fur trading post of the Hudsons Bay Company in Idaho. ... “Miles” redirects here. ... “km” redirects here. ... The Boise River is a tributary of the Snake River, approximately 75 mi (121 km) long, in southwestern Idaho in the United States. ... For other uses, see Snake River (disambiguation). ... Official language(s) (none)[1] Capital Salem Largest city Portland Area  Ranked 9th  - Total 98,466 sq mi (255,026 km²)  - Width 260 miles (420 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 2. ... Hudsons Bay Company (HBC; Compagnie de la Baie dHudson in French) is the oldest commercial corporation in North America and is one of the oldest in the world. ... The Ox Team or the Old Oregon Trail 1852-1906 by Ezra Meeker. ... The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces which has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... The American Civil War was fought in the United States from 1861 until 1865 between the northern states, popularly referred to as the U.S., the Union, the North, or the Yankees; and the seceding southern states, commonly referred to as the Confederate States of America, the CSA, the Confederacy... Idaho City is a city located in Boise County, Idaho. ... Lewiston is the county seat and largest city in Nez Perce County, Idaho. ...


Further reading

Demographics

Recent figures

Boise and its surrounding metropolitan area have seen dramatic growth through the 1990s and 2000s. As of 2004 the city of Boise estimated the metropolitan area (Boise, Meridian, Nampa, Caldwell, Eagle) had a population of 526,656.[2] The Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho (COMPASS) puts Boise's population as of 2005 at just more than 208,000 people.[3] That is up 11 percent from the 2000 Census figures below.


Boise has grown considerably in recent years and is now comparable in size to other midsize cities at the center of their own metropolitan areas in the United States such as Grand Rapids, Des Moines and Providence.[4] Grand Rapids redirects here. ... “Des Moines” redirects here. ... “Providence” redirects here. ...


2000 Census

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 185,787 people, 74,438 households, and 46,523 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,913.1/mi². There were 77,850 housing units at an average density of 1,220.7/mi². The racial makeup of the city was 92.15% White, 0.77% Black or African American, 0.70% Native American, 2.08% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander, 1.74% from other races, and 2.39% from two or more races. 4.53% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.The top 5 heritage groups in Boise are · German - 19%[2] · English - 16% · Irish - 11% · Scottish - 3% · Norwegian - 3 Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... Hispanics in the United States, or Hispanic Americans, are American citizens or residents of Hispanic ethnicity who identify themselves as having Hispanic Cultural heritage. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 74,438 households out of which 32.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.7% were married couples living together, 10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.5% were non-families. 28.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.03. Marriage is an interpersonal relationship with governmental, social, or religious recognition, usually intimate and sexual, and often created as a contract, or through civil process. ...


In the city, the population was spread out with 25.3% under the age of 18, 11.7% from 18 to 24, 32.3% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.8 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $42,432, and the median income for a family was $52,014. Males had a median income of $36,893 versus $26,173 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,696. About 5.9% of families and 8.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.7% of those under age 18 and 6% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Accolades

Boise frequently receives national recognition for its quality of life and business climate. Some recent national rankings:

  • Best places for business and careers: # 3 (Forbes Magazine, 2007)[5]
  • Urban environment report card: # 6 (Earth Day Network, 2007) [6] [7]
  • Boomtowns: Hottest cities for entrepreneurs (midsize cities): # 9 (Inc.com, 2007) [8] [9]
  • Most secure places to live (500,000 or more residents): # 1 (Farmers Insurance 2006) [10]
  • Best places to live: # 8 (Money Magazine, 2006) [11]

Economy

Boise is the headquarters for several major companies, such as Washington Group International (successor to Morrison Knudsen), Micron Technology (the area's largest private employer[12]), Albertsons (a major supermarket chain now owned by Supervalu), the J.R. Simplot Company and Hewlett Packard's printer division. Other major industries are headquartered in Boise or have large manufacturing facilities there. High tech industries are becoming increasingly vital to Boise's economy. State government is one of the city's main employers, as it is the capital city for Idaho and home of Boise State University. Washington Group International provides integrated engineering, construction and management services to businesses and governments around the world. ... Micron Technology (Micron) NYSE: MU is a multinational company based in Boise, Idaho, USA, best known for producing many forms of semiconductor devices. ... A typical Albertsons store. ... Supervalu Inc. ... The J.R. Simplot Company, commonly referred to as Simplot, was founded in 1923 as a one-man business by 14-year-old John Richard Simplot near the small agricultural community of Declo, Idaho. ... It has been suggested that HP ProLiant be merged into this article or section. ... Boise State University is a state university located near downtown Boise, the capital city of Idaho. ...


Boise is also the headquarters of Idaho Power, Boise Cascade, Idaho Pacific Lumber Company, WinCo Foods, and Idaho Timber Corporation. Technology investment and the high tech industry have become increasingly important to the city, with businesses including Bodybuilding.com, Crucial.com, MarkMonitor, Sybase and Microsoft. The call center industry is also one of the area's major sources of employment; there are over 20 call centers in the city employing more than 7,000 people, including Teleperformance, DIRECTV and T-Mobile. [13]. Boise Cascade LLC, which uses the trade name Boise, is an American pulp and paper company, ranked as the thirteenth biggest pulp and paper company in the world. ... WinCo Foods is an employee-run supermarket business originally founded in Idaho by Ralph Ward and Bud Williams under the name Waremart. ... BodyBuilding. ... Sybase Inc. ... Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... A standard DirecTV satellite dish with 1 LNB on a roof DirecTV (trademarked as DIRECTV) is a direct broadcast satellite (DBS) service based in El Segundo, California, USA, that transmits digital satellite television and audio to households in the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America except for Mexico. ... T-Mobile logo T-Mobile is a multinational mobile phone operator. ...


Varney Airlines, founded by Walter Varney, was formed in Boise. The company is the root of present day United Airlines, which still serves the city at the newly renovated and upgraded Boise Airport. Walter Varney was the founder of Varney Airlines, based in Boise, Idaho. ... Walter Varney was the founder of Varney Airlines, based in Boise, Idaho. ... United Airlines, also known as United Air Lines, Inc. ...


Education

The city is home to the Boise School District, which includes 34 elementary schools, 8 junior high schools, 5 high schools and 2 specialty schools. Part of the Meridian School District (the largest district in Idaho) overlaps into Boise city limits. Boise School District is a comprehensive public school district in Boise City, Idaho, United States. ... Meridian School District, located in Ada county, is the largest school district in the state of Idaho. ...


The city is home to six public high schools: Boise High School, Borah High School, Capital High School, Timberline High School as well as the Meridian district's Centennial High School and the alternative Mountain Cove High School. Boise's private schools include Bishop Kelly High School (Catholic), Foothills School of Arts and Sciences and Baccalaureate accredited Riverstone Community School. Boise High School [1] Boise High School is one of four public high schools in the city of Boise, Idaho. ... Boring High School is a senior high school located in Boise, Idaho, comprised of grades 10-12. ... Founded in 1966, Capital High School is a high school in Boise, Idaho, the third of four public high schools constructed in the city. ... Timberline High School is a high school in Boise, Idaho. ... Centennial High School in Boise, Idaho. ... Mountain Cove High School is a alternative high school in Boise, Idaho. ... Bishop Kelly High School is a private catholichigh school in Boise, Idaho, USA operated by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into International Baccalaureate Organization. ... Riverstone International School, formerly the Hidden Springs Community School, is the only International Baccalaureate-accredited school in Idaho. ...


Post-secondary educational options in Boise include Boise State University and George Fox University, as well as a wide range of technical schools. Boise is home to Boise Bible College, an undergraduate degree-granting college that exists to train leaders for churches as well as missionaries for the world. Nearby Meridian is home to a campus of the University of Phoenix. Boise State University is a state university located near downtown Boise, the capital city of Idaho. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Boise Bible College (BBC) is a an accredited institution of higher learning which specializes in training students to serve in variety of ministry careers. ... University of Phoenix (UOP) is a for-profit educational institution specializing in adult education, with campuses located throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. ...


Boise is one of the largest cities in the United States that does not have a community college. The issue has received a fair amount of attention from city and state officials in recent years. As of May 2007 a community college special district was formed, with the intention of starting a community college in Nampa, Idaho. [14] A community college is a type of educational institution. ... Nampa (IPA: ) is the largest city in Canyon County, Idaho, and the second largest in the state and is owned by Austin Prince, Judson Skaug, and Jacob Skaug. ...


Culture

Numbering about 15,000, Boise's Basque community is the largest such community in the United States and the fourth largest in the world outside Argentina, Venezuela and the Basque Country in Spain and France.[15] A large Basque festival known as Jaialdi is held once every five years (next in 2010). Downtown Boise features a vibrant section known as the "Basque Block". Boise's mayor, David H. Bieter, is of Basque descent. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 346 pixelsFull resolution (1718 × 742 pixel, file size: 828 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Boise skyline, Max Batt File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Language(s) Basque - few monoglots Spanish - 1,525,000 monoglots French - 150,000 monoglots Basque-Spanish - 600,000 speakers Basque-French - 76,000 speakers [4] other native languages Religion(s) Traditionally Roman Catholic The Basques (Basque: ) are an indigenous people[5] who inhabit parts of north-central Spain and southwestern... Location of the Basque Country The Basque Country divided in seven provinces Capital Pamplona Official languages Basque, French, Spanish Demonym Basque Currency Euro The Basque-speaking areas This article is about the overall Basque domain. ... Mayors of Boise, Idaho Henry E. Prickett 1867-1868 Thomas B. Hart 1868-1869 Charles Himrod 1869-1872 George H. Twithell 1872-1873 Thomas E. Logan 1873-1875 John Lemp 1875-1876 Thomas E. Logan 1876-1878 Charles Himrod 1878-1879 Cyrus Y. Jacobs 1879-1880 Charles P. Bilderback 1880...


Boise is also a regional hub for jazz and theater. The Gene Harris Jazz Festival is hosted in Boise each spring. The city is also home to a number of museums, including the Boise Art Museum, Idaho Historical Museum, the Basque Museum and Cultural Center, Idaho Black History Museum and the Discovery Center of Idaho. Several theater groups operate in the city, including the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Boise Little Theatre and the Boise Contemporary Theater. On the first Thursday of each month, a gallery stroll is hosted in the city's core business district by the Downtown Boise Association. The city also has an Egyptian Theatre. In the Fall season, Downtown Boise hosts a film festival called Idaho International Film Festival. For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... For other usages see Theatre (disambiguation) Theater (American English) or Theatre (British English and widespread usage among theatre professionals in the US) is that branch of the performing arts concerned with acting out stories in front of an audience using combinations of speech, gesture, music, dance, sound and spectacle &#8212... Gene Harris (September 1, 1933 – January 16, 2000) was a jazz pianist known for his warm sound and blues and gospel infused style. ... Discovery Center of Idaho or DCI is an interactive Science museum in Boise, Idaho located at 131 Myrtle St. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... A film festival is the presentation or showcasing of films in one or more movie theaters or screening venues. ...


The Morrison-Knudsen Nature Center offers water features and wildlife experiences just east of downtown. It is located adjacent to Municipal Park.[16] It features live fish and wildlife exhibits, viewing areas into the water, bird and butterfly gardens, waterfalls, and a free visitor's center.


In 1896, the Ahavath Beth Israel Temple was completed to serve the Jewish community of Boise. Avavath Beth Israel is the nation's oldest continually-used temple on the western side of the Mississippi.


Boise (along with Valley and Boise Counties) will host the Winter 2009 Special Olympics World Games. More than 2,500 athletes from over 85 countries will participate.[17] It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Special Olympics. ...


Major attractions

The State Capitol in Boise, Idaho
The State Capitol in Boise, Idaho

A number of recreational opportunities are available in Boise, including extensive hiking and biking in the foothills to the immediate north of downtown. Much of this trail network is part of Hull's Gulch and can be accessed by 8th street. An extensive urban trail system called the Boise River Greenbelt that runs along the river. The Boise River itself is a common destination for fishing, swimming and rafting. Download high resolution version (483x650, 99 KB)The State Capitol building in Boise, Idaho. ... Download high resolution version (483x650, 99 KB)The State Capitol building in Boise, Idaho. ... The Boise greenbelt refers to a long walking or jogging trail through Boise, Idaho, USA that follows the Boise River and connects most of the major city parks. ... The Boise River is a tributary of the Snake River, approximately 75 mi (121 km) long, in southwestern Idaho in the United States. ...


In Julia Davis Park, is Zoo Boise. It has over 200 animals representing over 80 spieces from around the world. From tigers to penguins, it has it all. Currently, it is building an africa exhibit. It will bring lions and giraffes to the zoo. It's slated to open in late 2008.


Bogus Basin Mountain Resort hosts several winter activities, including cross-country and downhill skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing. “Bogus” is just 16 miles (26 km) outside city limits (less than an hour drive from downtown). Bogus Basin Mountain Resort is a ski and winter sports recreation area located in southwestern Idaho in Boise County—north-northeast of the city of Boise, the state capital and county seat of Ada County. ... Mountain Resort, Chengde Mountain Resort, Chengde The Mountain Resort (Chinese: 避暑山庄; pinyin: BìshÇ” Shānzhuāng; literally: Mountain Resort for Avoiding the Heat) or Ligong (Chinese: 离宫; pinyin: Lígōng, the Qing Dynastys summer palace) situated in the city of Chengde in Hebei Province, China, is the worlds... Cross-Country trails are often less crowded than Alpine ski slopes. ... Alpine skiing (or downhill skiing) is a recreational activity and sport involving sliding down snow-covered hills with long, thin skis attached to each foot. ... Snowboarder in a half-pipe Snowboarder riding off cornice Snowboarding contributes greatly to the economies of ski resorts Snowboarding is a sport that involves descending a snow-covered slope on a snowboard that is attached to ones feet using a boot/binding interface. ...


Minor professional sports teams in Boise include the short-season Class A Boise Hawks (Minor League Baseball), the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL, and the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League. An arenafootball2 franchise, the Boise Burn, began play in 2007. Class A can refer to: Class A war criminal - see war crime. ... Chicago Cubs National League AAA Iowa Cubs AA West Tenn Diamond Jaxx A Daytona Cubs Peoria Chiefs Boise Hawks R Mesa Cubs The Boise Hawks are a minor league baseball team in Boise, Idaho, USA. They are a Class A team in the Northwest League, and have been a farm... For the organization which many minor leagues belong to, see Minor League Baseball Part of the History of baseball series. ... The Idaho Steelheads are a minor league ice hockey team in Boise, Idaho. ... The ECHL (formerly the East Coast Hockey League) is a professional ice hockey league based in Princeton, New Jersey, with teams scattered across the United States and Canada, generally regarded as a tier below the American Hockey League. ... The Idaho Stampede are an American basketball team that play in the NBA Development League. ... The NBA Development League, or D-League, is the National Basketball Associations officially sponsored and operated developmental basketball organization. ... af2 (short for arenafootball2) is the name of the Arena Football Leagues minor league, which started play in 2000. ... The Boise Burn is an arena football team based in Boise, Idaho. ...


The Boise State University campus is home to Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, which hosts local and national fine arts performances; Bronco Stadium, the 30,000 seat football stadium known for its blue AstroPlay field; and Taco Bell Arena, a 12,000 seat basketball and entertainment venue which opened in 1982 as the BSU Pavillion. Boise State University is known primarily for the recent successes of its football team, although it is also a fairly well regarded commuter school for undergraduate students. Boise State University is a state university located near downtown Boise, the capital city of Idaho. ... Bronco Stadium is a football stadium in Boise, Idaho on the campus of Boise State University. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... AstroPlay is an artificial turf surface made to resemble natural grass, similar to FieldTurf, developed by the company that invented AstroTurf. ... Taco Bell Arena is a 12,820-seat multi-purpose arena on the campus of Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. ...


The Roady's Humanitarian Bowl football game (formerly known as the Humanitarian Bowl and later the MPC Computers Bowl) is held in late December of each year, and pairs a team from the Western Athletic Conference with an Atlantic Coast Conference team. The Western Athletic Conference (commonly referred to as the WAC, pronounced wack) was formed on July 27, 1962, making it the sixth oldest of the 11 college athletic conferences currently participating in the NCAAs Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS; formerly Division I-A). ... The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is one of the oldest collegiate athletic leagues in the United States. ...


The World Center for Birds of Prey is located just outside city limits, and is a key part of the re-establishment of the Peregrine falcon and the subsequent removal from the Endangered Species list. The center is currently breeding the very rare California condor, among many other rare and endangered species. The World Center for Birds of Prey, located in Boise Idaho, is known throught the globe for its conservation and recovery efforts of several rare and endangered species. ... Binomial name Tunstall, 1771 Global range (shaded green, dark dots on islands) The Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus), occasionally known in North America as the Duck Hawk, is a medium-sized falcon about the size of a large crow: 380–530 millimetres (15–21 in) long. ... The Siberian Tiger is a subspecies of tiger that are critically endangered. ...


The city has been cited by publications like Forbes, Fortune and Sunset for its quality of life. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Fortune magazine is Americas second longest-running business magazine after Forbes magazine. ... Sunset is a lifestyle magazine in the United States. ...


The cornerstone mall in Boise, Boise Towne Square Mall, is also a major shopping attraction for Boise, Nampa, Caldwell, and surrounding areas and has recently been through an upgrade along with adding new retailers. Mall map after 1998 Boise Towne Square Mall is a mall in Boise, Idaho and is the largest mall in Idaho. ... Nampa (IPA: ) is the largest city in Canyon County, Idaho, and the second largest in the state and is owned by Austin Prince, Judson Skaug, and Jacob Skaug. ... Nickname: Motto: More to Offer Location in Canyon County and the state of Idaho Coordinates: , Country State County Canyon Government  - Mayor Garret Nancolas Area  - City  11. ...


Media

Main article: Media in Boise, Idaho

The greater-Boise area is served by two daily newspapers, The Idaho Statesman and the Idaho Press Tribune; a free weekly publication, the Boise Weekly; two city magazines, "Boise Journal" and "Boise Home"; weekly business publications; 5 commercial TV stations, a PBS station; and a number of radio stations. For more see Media in Boise, Idaho. The Boise Metropolitan Statistical Area is served by five major television stations, two daily newspapers, two major weekly newspapers and 19 major commercial radio stations. ... The Boise Metropolitan Statistical Area is served by five major television stations, two daily newspapers, two major weekly newspapers and 19 major commercial radio stations. ...


Sister cities

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Transportation

The major Interstate serving Boise is I-84, with I-184 branching toward the northeast. There is also a network of bike paths throughout the city and surrounding region. Interstate 84 (abbreviated I-84) is an interstate highway that runs from an intersection with Interstate 5 at Portland, Oregon to an intersection with Interstate 80[1] at Echo, Utah—roughly the same route as the Oregon Trail. ... Interstate 184 (abbreviated I-184) is a short interstate spur route of Interstate 84 located in Idaho. ... This article or section should include material from Cycle path debate Segregated cycle facilities may consist of a separate road, track, path or lane that is designated for use by cyclists and from which motorised traffic is generally excluded. ...


Commercial air service is provided at the Boise Airport, recently renovated to accommodate the growing number of passengers flying in and out of Boise. Public bus transportation is provided by ValleyRide and the Boise Urban Stages (BUS). Boise Airport (IATA: BOI, ICAO: KBOI), also known as Boise Air Terminal[1] or Gowen Field[1], is a commercial[2] and general aviation[3] airport located three miles (five km) south of downtown Boise in Ada County, Idaho, USA. The airport is operated by the city of Boise Department...


Parts of the city

Despite Boise's small population, it occupies a large area, 64 mi² according to the United States Census Bureau. Like most major metropolitan areas it is divided into several named parts. These include the Bench, the North End, West Boise and Downtown among others. A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ...


Downtown Boise

Downtown Boise is Boise's cultural center and home to many small businesses and several skyscrapers. Downtown Boise has an array of shopping and dining choices. Centrally, 8th street contains a pedestrian zone with street side cafes and restaurants. Downtown Boise is home to many local restaurants, bars and boutiques and supports a lively night life.


Downtown Boise's economy was threatened in the late 1990's by extensive growth around the Boise Towne Square Mall[18] (away from the city center) and an increasing number of shopping centers which have sprung up around new housing developments. Events such as Alive-after-Five[19] and First Thursday[20] have been created to combat this trend. Mall map after 1998 Boise Towne Square Mall is a mall in Boise, Idaho and is the largest mall in Idaho. ...


The North End

The North End contains many of Boise's older homes and is known for its tree-lined drives such as Harrison Boulevard, and for its quiet neighborhoods near the downtown area. From Camel's Back Park[21] one can gain a view of Downtown Boise and the sea of trees that is the North End. On 13th Street, Hyde Park[22] is home to many small restaurants (several with outdoor dining) and businesses. The North End also hosts several events such as the annual Hyde Park Street Fair. A part of a Boise, ID, neighborhood known as the North End consisting of a number of popular eateries and shops, located on North 13th Street. ...


Southwest Boise

Southwest Boise has traditionally been known for its more country-like aesthetics. It contains sparsely populated neighborhoods built from the 1960s to the early 1980s. Many include acre-sized plots and the occasional farmhouse and pastures. Growth in the area was limited in the 1980s due to a moratorium on new construction to prevent urban sprawl. Since this has been lifted there has been widespread growth of new homes and neighborhoods. The area lies fairly close to Interstate 84, theaters, shopping, the airport, and the Boise Bench area.


Northwest Boise

Northwest Boise lies blanketed against the Boise Foothills to the north, the major thoroughfare State Street to the south, the City of Eagle to the west, and Downtown Boise to the east. It contains an eclectic mix of old and new neighborhoods, including Lakeharbor, which features the private Silver Lake, a reclaimed quarry. Northwest Boise has some pockets of older homes with a similar aesthetic to the North End, yet housing prices tend to be lower. Downtown is minutes away, as is Veteran's Memorial Park[23] and easy access to the Boise Greenbelt. Across the river sits the Boise Bench and to the west is fast access to the bedroom communities of Eagle, Star, and Middleton. The Boise greenbelt refers to a long walking or jogging trail through Boise, Idaho, USA that follows the Boise River and connects most of the major city parks. ... Commuters waiting for the morning train in Maplewood, New Jersey to travel to New York City A commuter town is an urban community that is primarily residential, from which most of the workforce commute out of the community to earn their livelihood. ...


Warm Springs

Warm Springs is centered around the tree-lined drive Warm Springs Avenue and contains many of Boise's largest and most expensive homes (many of which were erected by wealthy miners and businessmen around the turn of the century; Victorian styles feature prominently). The area gets its name from the natural hot springs that flow from Boise's fault line and warm many of the homes in the area.


East End

The far east end of Warm Springs was once known as Barber Town, featuring a hotel with hot springs nestled into the foothills. It now has some new residential developments, with easy access to Highway 21, which leads to the south-central Idaho mountains; the Boise River; the Boise Foothills; and the Idaho Shakespeare Festival.


South East Boise

South East Boise spans from Boise State University to Micron Technology - all areas between Federal Way and the Boise River. The older area just south of the University can be described as a cross between the North End and the Boise bench. The rest of South East Boise was developed in the last thirty years with suburban style homes. Unlike the more typical flat suburban sprawl, residents of South East Boise are reminded of their city's natural beauty as they catch a close view of Table Rock, or drive along the winding Parkcenter Blvd. along the Boise River. Columbia Village and the older subdivision Oregon Trail Heights, were the first major planned communities in South East Boise with an elementary and middle school all within walking distance from all homes. Developed with the middle carved out for schools and a large soccer complex (over 20 fields), as well as a baseball complex, swimming pools, and the best view in the valley. Most people consider this end of Boise a hidden gem as just about everything is about 15 minutes from home: the river, greenbelt, the mountains, lakes, snow, high mountain desert, and more. The subdivision is located at the intersections of Interstate 84, Idaho 21, and Federal Way (former US Highway), which are all major arteries to get anywhere in Boise.


The Boise Bench

The Boise Bench is south of Downtown Boise and is raised in elevation approximately 60 feet. The bench is named such because the sudden rise in elevation gives the prominent appearance of a step, or bench. The Bench (or Benches, there are 3 actual benches throughout the Boise Valley) was created as an ancient shoreline to the old river channel. The Bench is home to the old Boise Train Depot and extensive residential neighborhoods. Due south of the Boise Bench is the Boise Airport,[24] raised up on another "bench". Boise Airport (IATA: BOI, ICAO: KBOI), also known as Boise Air Terminal[1] or Gowen Field[1], is a commercial[2] and general aviation[3] airport located three miles (five km) south of downtown Boise in Ada County, Idaho, USA. The airport is operated by the city of Boise Department...


About the name

Origin of Name

Downtown Boise, as seen from the North
Downtown Boise, as seen from the North

The name Boise comes from the French word boisé, which means "wooded". Many people assume that it means "tree", but the French word for "tree" is arbre, whereas the word bois means "wood". One legend claims that French-Canadian fur trappers of the early 1800s came over the mountains looked down upon the Boise River Valley and exclaimed "Les Bois!" (the wood!). This is also how Boise gained its nickname 'The City of Trees'. In actuality, the name was apparently a translation of an earlier English name for the Boise River, the Wood River. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2048x698, 177 KB) Summary This is Boise as seen from the North. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2048x698, 177 KB) Summary This is Boise as seen from the North. ... The Boise River is a tributary of the Snake River, approximately 75 mi (121 km) long, in southwestern Idaho in the United States. ...


Pronunciation

Many residents (generally those who have lived in the area longer) use the pronunciation of "Boise" as a shibboleth, insisting that [bɔɪsi] is the only correct pronunciation. Others not native to Boise consider [bɔɪzi] to be an equally valid pronunciation. According to the official city website, the correct way to say Boise is [bɔɪsi].[25] This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


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References

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  2. ^ http://www.cityofboise.org/pds/economic/Population_Boise_Nampa.pdf
  3. ^ http://www.ktvb.com/news/localnews/stories/ktvbn-apr2505-boise_growth.213048919.html
  4. ^ http://www.census.gov/population/www/estimates/metropop/table01.xls
  5. ^ Badenhausen, Kurt (April 5, 2007), "Best Places For Business And Careers", Forbes.com, <http://www.forbes.com/lists/2007/1/07bestplaces_Best-Places-For-Business-And-Careers_land.html>. Retrieved on 15 August 2007.
  6. ^ "Urban Environment Report", Earth Day Network, 2007, <http://www.earthday.net/UER/report/id_boise.html>. Retrieved on 16 August 2007.
  7. ^ "Earth Day Network Releases 2007 Urban Environment Report", Earth Day Network, 22 February 2007, <http://www.earthday.net/news/02-22-07_release.aspx>. Retrieved on 16 August 2007.
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  10. ^ "Third Annual Farmers Insurance Study Ranks Most Secure U.S. Places to Live", Farmers Insurance Group, 6 December 2006, <http://www.farmers.com/FarmComm/WebSite/html/media_center/Dec_06_06.html>. Retrieved on 18 August 2007.
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  12. ^ "Growth drives a hot economy", Idaho Statesman, 25 November 2006, <http://www.idahostatesman.com/281/story/55810.html>. Retrieved on 15 August 2007.
  13. ^ "Call-center industry rises here", Spokane Journal of Business, 12 January 2001, <http://www.spokanejournal.com/index.php?id=article&sub=147&keyword=>. Retrieved on 15 August 2007.
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  16. ^ http://www.cityofboise.org/parks/parks_facilities/parks/index.aspx?id=municipal_park_facts/
  17. ^ http://www.specialolympics.org/Special+Olympics+Public+Website/English/Press_Room/Global_news/Boise+site+of+2009+Games.htm
  18. ^ http://www.boisetownesquare.com/html/index3.asp
  19. ^ http://www.downtownboise.org/m_events/dba_alive_after_5.cfm/
  20. ^ http://www.downtownboise.org/m_events/dba_first_thursday.cfm/
  21. ^ http://www.cityofboise.org/parks/Parks_facilities/parks/index.aspx?id=cb_park_facts/
  22. ^ http://www.northend.org/hydepark.htm
  23. ^ http://www.cityofboise.org/parks/parks_facilities/parks/index.aspx?id=vm_park_facts/
  24. ^ http://www.cityofboise.org/transportation/airport/
  25. ^ http://www.cityofboise.org/public_information/

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