Our Towns

Explore Boise’s past through free walking tours

Join the Boise City Department of Arts & History on July 5 or 6 for an hour-long walking tour of the city’s original 1863 plat. The Plat Walking Tours will kick off to the Boise 150 Sesqui-Party weekend.

After the creation of Fort Boise on July 4, 1863, the city was platted on July 7, 1863 in a meeting held at the Davis-Ritchey cabin, home to Thomas Davis, an early settler in the valley that had been attracted to its agricultural potential. The city was platted to include ten blocks, split evenly on each side of Main Street. It stretched from today’s 10th Street to 5th Street, and fronted Idaho, Main and Grove streets. The lots were divided up between twenty people and their names written on the plat. By 1867 the city grew to include 140 blocks, and by early 1878 the city’s first subdivision, Arnold’s Addition, had been created.

Today the original plat boundaries are surrounded with development, and because of policies like urban renewal, reflect very little of Boise’s early history. The Plat Walking Tours explore the history contained within the boundaries of the plat, including what was lost and how the area has been transformed.

The free walking tours take place at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on July 5 and 6.

Tours leave from the Sesqui-Shop, 1008 Main Street. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the tour time.

Tour guides recommend wearing comfortable shoes, bringing a water bottle and consider wearing sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat.

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