Thursday, October 4, 2012


Places you never knew about

We all know that Boise has an amazing past; not everyone appreciates it in the same way, but it is, nonetheless, everywhere you are.
Veterans Memorial Park got it’s name from the Old Soldiers Home that used to be on those same grounds. It was an amazing, statuesque building that housed Veterans from the Civil War through WWII. Some of our best loved Mayors were Civil War Veterans, some even Confederate soldiers, who fell in love with the city. Once they were treated and released from the hospital there, leaving Boise was no longer an option.
The building maintained its stature from its building in 1893, until it was torn down to make room for freeway expansion in the mid 1970s. It served as a hospital, a physical therapy locale, and was a place for Veterans to safely retire within a community they knew so well.
If you have never been to the area, it is on the corner of State and Veterans Parkway. There is a beautiful memorial in the center, with granite slabs thanking all Veterans. They include MIAs, POWs, and those killed in action. It is a beautiful place with beautiful, grateful memories.
There is more information and photographs of this and many other gone but not forgotten buildings on our historical website. Just follow the “Interesting Facts”!

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