Canyon County can now officially call Map Rock its own.
This morning's Idaho Press-Tribune reports that the Canyon County Board of Commissioners on Friday aqcuired the 34-acre site—listed on the National Register of Historic Places—through a deal with the Farm Development Corporation. The county is expected to improve the site to include educational programs, which will showcase the the park's well-known petroglyph panel.
Historians believe that the petroglyphs were created by the Shoshone-Bannock people "prior to Euro-American contact," according to the Press-Tribune. The first formal reference to Map Rock dates back to 1877.
The site is located approximately six miles from Highway 45 on Map Rock Road.