|Boise Basin Museum | Idaho City, Idaho|
Our Boise Basin Museum doors were reopened in April for field trips and tours; providing weekend hours for tourists. Our season begins officially on Memorial Day and will be open 7 days a week, 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, until Labor Day.
The museum building had former lives as a post office, general store, meat market, and private residence. It was built in 1867 by architect and postmaster, James A. Pinney, as a defense against fire. In just 5 years since its founding, Idaho City had burned down twice and Pinney was not about to lose another post office. Shifting away from the usual board and batten structures, he designed a thick brick building with heavy steel shutters and doors. Even the attic had brick flooring with a layer of earth for further protection.
|How the West was Won! | Idaho City, Idaho|
I am one of 2 Curators and much like my employment at Disneyland in the late 1970's, a work day never feels like work. Each museum guest brings something special to the table, whether it's their own historical tales or simple curiosity. Many visitors have roots in Idaho City and a good portion come to us from other continents.
|Old Royal Typewriter | Idaho City, Idaho|
This is my 3rd museum season. Despite my familiarity, there is always something new to discover. I love learning, so I often use my work hours to educate myself. There is never a dull moment.
|1865 Fire House | Idaho City, Idaho|
Ironically, this 1865 Fire House is still standing. It was no match against the fires of 1865 and 1867, largely because Idaho City was constructed of wood and used wood-burning stoves for cooking and heat. Following these fires, fire fighting was beefed up significantly.
At the Museum,