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Nampa, Idaho, USA - First Street

Nampa, Canyon, Idaho, USA

The Treasure Valley area around Nampa is known as Idaho's Banana Belt.

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First Street
Nampa, Idaho, USA

First Street
A Steam Plow in Action
Nampa, Idaho, USA

A Steam Plow in Action
Sunset on Lake Ethel
Nampa, Idaho, USA

Sunset on Lake Ethel

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1890 - Nampa is incorporated

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 and other railroads. It has foundries and canneries. Pop. in 1900, 799 (largely increased since census.)
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
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. During the fifth inning of the Boise-Nampa game a small fire started in the grandstand, evidently originating from a cigar butt. The two players grabbed a sprinkling hose and extinguished the blaze before any considerable amount of damage had been done.
Idaho Statesman
Boise, Idaho
April 5, 1915
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 store that killed four and injured more than 20 people.

At least 12 of the injured were in a critical condition.

Mayor R. Lewis Ord ordered that no more fireworks be sold or exploded in the city limits.

The explosion and fire destroyed a two-story building in the center of town. Two children and two women were killed.

The fireworks were heaped on a display counter and the young son of E. L. Drake, drug store proprietor, was showing them to a friend. Somebody tossed a lighted firecracker onto the counter.

There were several sharp reports and then a thunderous roar. Roman candles and sky rockets flashed across the room, shot out plate glass windows, ignited the holiday display of flimsy crepe paper that hung from the ceiling. Torpedoes, giant firecrackers and bombs were in th heap. Some of the rockets gyrated crazily along... Read MORE...

2023 - Whether you're a local looking for something new or a visitor exploring the area, here's a list of places to go and things to do in Nampa:
Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge:

Explore the natural beauty of the area by visiting the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge. It's a fantastic spot for bird watching, hiking, and enjoying the outdoors.

Warhawk Air Museum:

If you're interested in aviation history, the Warhawk Air Museum is a must-visit. It houses a remarkable collection of aircraft and artifacts, providing a fascinating glimpse into the world of aviation.

Nampa Civic Center:

Check out events at the Nampa Civic Center, which hosts concerts, performances, and community gatherings. It's a hub for entertainment and cultural events in the city.

Lake Lowell Park:

Enjoy outdoor activities like picnicking, fishing, and hiking at Lake Lowell Park. It's a serene place to unwind and soak in the natural beauty of the surroundings.

Ford Idaho Center:

For sports events, concerts, and other live performances, head to the Ford Idaho Center. It's a versatile venue that hosts a variety of entertainment... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Nampa, Idaho, USA

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male ancestorOscar Fredolf BRUNZELL (5 January 1864, Arvika, Varmland, Sweden - 14 June 1946, Nampa, Idaho, USA)
male ancestorPaul Victor EBY (14 January 1903, Nampa, Idaho, USA - 30 September 2000, Hemet Riverside County California, USA)

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photo of Charles Henry FOSTER Charles Henry FOSTER (6 February 1912 - 6 July 2006) and female ancestorEllen Ann BRUNZELL (19 December 1914 - 12 September 1998) married 27 June 1934

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