Canyon County Turns 120


Canyon County turns the big 1-2-0 today.

Idaho Gov. Norman Willey signed a proclamation on this date in 1892, officially creating Canyon County.

This morning's Idaho Press-Tribune reports that a re-enactment of the proclamation is slated for 10 a.m. at the Canyon County Courthouse in Caldwell, followed by an open house, where historical displays depicting the county's history fill the three floors of the courthouse.

Historians say fur trading began in the region in approximately 1811, when traders came upon a Native American encampment near where the town of Middleton now sits. Stagecoach lines made the region a regular stop when gold was discovered in 1862. The City of Caldwell was first planned in 1883, Nampa followed soon thereafter in 1885.

In this Wednesday's edition of Boise Weekly, we tip our bowlers to Canyon County with our 2C issue, featuring a special photographic essay of all things Canyon.