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Nampa, Canyon, Idaho, USA

Nampa began its life in the early 1880s when the Oregon Short Line Railroad built a line from Granger, Wyoming, to Huntington, Oregon, which passed through Nampa. More railroad lines sprang up running through Nampa, making it a very important railroad town. Alexander and Hannah Duffes established one of the town's first homesteads, eventually forming the Nampa Land and Improvement Company with the help of their friend and co-founder, James McGee. In spite of the name, many of the first settlers referred to the town as "New Jerusalem" because of the strong religious focus of its citizens. After only a year the town had grown from 15 homes to 50. As new amenities were added to the town, Nampa continued its growth and was incorporated in 1890...

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  • Nampa, Idaho, USA
    First Street
  • 1906
    Nampa, a banking post-village of Canyon co., Idaho, in an agricultural and stock-raising region, 9 miles SE. of Caldwell, on the Oregon Short Line...Read MORE...


  • Nampa, Idaho, USA
    A Steam Plow in Action
  • News 1915 - Ball Players Fight Fire
    JOYNER, the Nampa High School Pitcher, and KUSS, the big local flinging phenom (sic), distinguished themselves as fire fighters Saturday afternoon....Read MORE...


  • Nampa, Idaho, USA
    Sunset on Lake Ethel
  • News 1937 - PREMATURE FOURTH BLAST KILLS FOUR
    By United Press.

    NAMPA, Idaho, July 2. - This town's Fourth of July celebration was ended abruptly today after an explosion of fireworks in a drug ...Read MORE...




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  • 1906
    Nampa, a banking post-village of Canyon co., Idaho, in an agricultural and stock-raising region, 9 miles SE. of Caldwell, on the Oregon Short Line... Read MORE...

  • News  1915 - Ball Players Fight Fire
    JOYNER, the Nampa High School Pitcher, and KUSS, the big local flinging phenom (sic), distinguished themselves as fire fighters Saturday afternoon.... Read MORE...

  • News  1937 - PREMATURE FOURTH BLAST KILLS FOUR
    By United Press.

    NAMPA, Idaho, July 2. - This town's Fourth of July celebration was ended abruptly today after an explosion of fireworks in a drug ... Read MORE...

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