Idaho Interesting Places and Maps

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Historically interesting places

Minidoka National Historic Site near Eden
The Minidoka National Historic Site is a memorial founded in 2001 and covering 1.2 km². Between August 1942 and October 1945, after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, up to 7,318 Japanese-American Americans were interned. Nowadays there are ruins of the former camp, and due to the remote location, visitors still get a feeling for the situation of the interned.

Custer Ghost Town

The city of Custer was founded in 1879 and is now a ghost town in the middle of Idaho. Here are some historical buildings such as the Empire Saloon, and a museum in the former school building is also on offer to visitors. The area can also be accessed independently on a hiking trail with information boards.

Old Mission State Park in Cataldo
The Old Mission State Park in the north of Idaho in the city of Cataldo was founded in 1966. It is also known as Mission of the Sacred Heart or Cataldo Mission, because this is where the former mission is located Was built in 1848. This makes the former mission building the oldest in Idaho.

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Bear River Massacre Site at Preston
Bear River Massacre Site is a memorial in southeastern Idaho. It was erected in 1973 and commemorates the massacre of the Shoshones in 1863. The memorial covers an area of ​​approximately 6.8 km², on which there is also a monument to commemorate the victims.

Special buildings and structures

Idaho State Capitol Building
The Idaho State Capitol Building is the seat of Idaho’s legislation and is located at 700 W Jefferson Street in Boise. The architecturally impressive building was built between 1905 and 1913 by the local architects John E. Tourtellotte and Charles F. Hummel and is the only US state building that is heated with geothermal water. The striking of the big bell right in front of the building is particularly popular with visitors to the State Building. It is a replica of the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, which was rung on July 8, 1776 to read the American Declaration of Independence.

Old Idaho State Penitentiary
On 2445 Old Penitentiary Road in Boise you can find the state prison built in 1870, which held a total of 13,000 prisoners in 101 years of operation. However, it had to be closed in 1971 due to several uprisings due to the inhumane living conditions and the inmates had to be moved to a more modern prison. With a total capacity of 600 inmates, about a third of them were women, and special attention is still paid to the history of inmate Lydia Southard. She became known as Idaho’s Lady Bluebeard (in German: Lady Bluebeard) and was imprisoned for life in 1921. She was arrested during the honeymoon with her fifth husband, who was able to escape the fate of his predecessor again with little effort. Lydia Southard was convicted of murdering four of her husbands

Old Boise Train Depot
The old railway station, also simply called Boise Depot, was built in 1925 and 49 years later was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The former visitor and waiting room is now used for celebrations such as company events, weddings or receptions, but the 1,079 m² atrium can also be visited during the week. The associated park with its Spanish flair is particularly popular, its countless small paths lead to a romantic pavilion and koi pond and thus represent the perfect local recreation area in Boise City.

Map of Idaho – Maps of Idaho

Browse a collection of state, city, national park, monument, and historical maps of this US state.


Idaho – National Geographic Map Machine

Although it’s best known for the potatoes, Idaho’s official nickname is the Gem State. Find a shaded-relief map and a population count.


Idaho – Regional Travel Maps

Regional maps show cities, highways and bodies of water. Find the location of the world’s first nuclear plant in the center of the state.


Idaho – University of Texas Library

Learn about the Gem State through an outline map and a historical city map of state capital Boise in 1917.


Idaho – US Census Bureau Map

Peruse this map of the potato state. Offers a state profile, census information by county and a list of congressional districts.