Idaho City: Queen of the Gold Camps Step back in history and visit one of Idaho’s best-preserved 1860s mining towns.

In 1862, the Boise Basin roared to life with a red-hot case of gold fever. Miners poured in and Idaho City and other towns sprouted. By the following year, its population had grown to 6,000, the Territory’s largest, and included the frontier’s usual assortment of unwashed drifters, cold-eyed thieves and pistol enthusiasts. “The saloons went … Continue reading Idaho City: Queen of the Gold Camps Step back in history and visit one of Idaho’s best-preserved 1860s mining towns.