As the weeks turned into months, following the June 5 fire that destroyed several businesses in Idaho City, speculation and rumor grew over what caused the blaze. Idaho State Police confirmed Aug. 27 the Main Street fire, which caused more than $300,000 in damage, was arson.
The fire destroyed several businesses, including Calamity Jayne's, the Idaho City Trading Post, Sarsaparilla Ice Cream Parlor, Old Time Photo, and Main Street Floral and Candle Shop, in addition to a vacant storefront. Though no one was injured in the blaze, the town struggled to recover through the summer.
In early June, officials confirmed the fire started inside of Calamity Jayne's, a popular Main Street restaurant, and spread to the other businesses. The findings of the probe have been handed over to the Boise County prosecutor's office.
Idaho City's roots date back to the mid-19th century when a gold rush triggered an influx of miners. In the mid-1860s there were more than 200 businesses serving the burgeoning population. In 1864, there were approximately 7,000 residents in Idaho City. Today, there are about 210 households in the community, representing approximately 485 residents.