Gold was discovered in the Boise Basin in 1862. Thousands came to seek their fortune. They went for the gold with shovels, hydraulic giants and dredges. They built towns overnight. Then, they moved on, leaving behind tombstones and beautiful buildings to mark their passing.
Since 1958, the Idaho City Historical Foundation has pioneered the preservation efforts to safeguard the historic buildings of Idaho City and to educate the public on the dynamic early days of the gold camps. One of the important functions of the Foundation from the beginning was the operation of the Boise Basin Museum in the old James Pinney post office building at the corner of Montgomery and Wall Streets in Idaho City. You can learn more about this exciting museum and about our other historic properties by clicking on the "Our Properties" tab at the top to the left.
Over the years, the Foundation has acquired interests in several other historically significant properties, which are also detailed on our "properties" page. These include the Territorial Penitentiary, the Smoke Jumpers' Park, the John Brogan Memorial Park, the Pon Yam House, the Strauss House, the Judge Halley House, and the Galbreaith House.
We invite you to join us. Memberships and donations makes it possible for the Foundation to continue to maintain its current buildings and programs and, most importantly, to create new opportunities for the public to experience their own “gold fever”.
Donations are vital to our work.
If you want to help us with our mission to preserve, restore and interpret the history of the Boise Basin, you can donate online by clicking the link below. Thank you so much .