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First Thursday: Tour Julia Davis Park

Docent tours reveal gems of history around the downtown park

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Anyone who has lived in or visited Boise has no doubt spent time in Julia Davis Park, but many don't know who Julia Davis was. Turns out, she was pretty cool.

"Julia was really a welcome wagon," said Diane Davis Myklegard, Davis' great-granddaughter. "She would go down as the pioneers came in their carriages and greet them--particularly the women. She had such empathy for the women and what they went through on their journeys. She came across on a wagon train, so she knew what it was like. She knew the hardship they felt."

That is just one of the many facts that are part of the Julia Davis Park Docent Tours, led by volunteers. The hour-long tours are offered every First Thursday at 4 p.m. from May to October.

"Some of the volunteers [wear] in period dress, which gives you more of a feeling for that time," Myklegard said. "I don't think any of us stop to think about what it was like to walk around in that kind of garb in July."

The tour starts at the Rose Garden Gazebo. It's free, but participants must pre-register online here.