Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Lewiston served briefly as Idaho's first capital

Idaho's first capital building located at
12th and Main in old Lewiston
This one is for trivia buffs: what was the first capital of Idaho?

Lewiston, a city at the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater rivers, was picked as the first capital of the newly created Idaho Territory, with the legislature meeting here for the first time in 1863.

Its tenure was short-lived, however, as the legislature voted to move the capital to Boise on December 7, 1864. It wasn’t until 1866, however, that the move became official, since some challenged the legislature’s decision since it was not made in a regular session. Boise has been Idaho’s capital ever since.
Today, Idaho’s ninth largest city is the capital of Nez Perce County.

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