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Meridian and Eagle — two tiny towns west of Boise — have maintained their rural charm while experiencing explosive growth as they have become bedroom communities of the state’s capital city metropolis.Meridian was incorporated in 1909 and established itself as the center of southern Idaho’s dairy industry claiming to have “more cows per acre” than any other place in the United States. Meridian was named for the Boise Meridian, the prime north-south line from which Idaho lands are surveyed. The town’s first substantial building constructed on the meridian line in 1893 was the IOOF Lodge Hall.Meridian remained a quiet dairy community until Boise began its non-stop growth in the 1970s. In 2005, Meridian listed its population at about 40,000 people.People used to refer to Eagle as the “Little Town of Eagle,” located seven miles north of Meridian. In 2005, Eagle listed its population at nearly 15,000.Meridian has three major tourist attractions: Roaring Springs Waterpark and the adjacent Boondocks Fun Center. The Meridian Speedway draws crowds from throughout the region to stock car races.Eagle is situated between Boise Foothills and the Boise River. Two public golf courses and a modern skateboard park invite visitors and there are several annual festivals, including Eagle Fun Days and an Old Fashioned Christmas.


West Ada School District

The West Ada School District #2, long known as the Meridian School District, is a school district based in Meridian, Idaho. In addition to Meridian, the district operates public schools in Eagle, Star, Kuna, and western Boise. The district also has jurisdiction in parts of Garden City, rural areas in western and central Ada County, and small portions of eastern Canyon County. It is the largest school district in Idaho. [1]

In June 2014, the district board of trustees voted to change the common name of the district, previously known as the Meridian School District, to West Ada School District. The official name, Joint School District No. 2, remains unchanged. [2]


History of Meridian/Eagle, Idaho - History

Ada county, the most populous and politically important of all the counties of the state, has attained to a high state of development, has great industrial and material wealth, and within its borders is situated the city of Boise, the fair metropolis and capital of the state. The county as at present constituted has an area of 1,136 square miles, or 730,126 acres. The original county of Ada embraced the present counties of Canyon, Washington and Adams. The county seat of Ada county was located at Boise City by the act creating the county, and it may be noted that it was not till many years had elapsed that the name of Idaho's capital city was authoritatively changed to Boise, instead of Boise City, by which latter title it was long known, though the abbreviated form was commonly used even in the pioneer days.

The second session of the territorial legislature of Idaho was held at Lewiston, in December, 1864, and on the 22d of that month was approved the act creating Ada county, on the 7th of the month approval having been made of the act which provided for the permanent location of the territorial capital at Boise. Relative to the establishing of the capital at Boise Hailey's History of Idaho speaks substantially as follows: "There was some dissatisfaction about the removal of the capital, which was then at Lewiston, by order of the governor, and this resulted in some litigation, so that the archives of the capital did not arrive at Boise City until October 1865, after which time all was quiet. It was supposed that as soon as the capital was located at Boise City the town would boom ahead rapidly, but not so. Most of the people who came preferred to take a chance in the mines in Boise Basin or at Silver City, and but few settled on ranches until they had tried their luck in the mining camps." Specific record of the history of the city of Boise is given on other pages and the data need no review in the present connection.

Hailey's history gives further pertinent information anent the early history of Ada county and the statements are worthy of reproduction: "Most all who did settle on farming land in this country in those days were unable to put their land in proper condition to produce crops for several years. Everything the farmers needed was very expensive, even their seed grain had to be brought from Oregon. None of them could afford to hire help, but often had to leave their homes and go to some mining camp and work for wages, to get money to buy provisions and clothing for themselves and families so improvements in the country and in the town were slow for several years, but some progress was made each year. Range for stock was good in this county, and all who had stock did well but most of them sold out their stock of cattle and sheep to butchers in the mining camps, got the cash and left.

Ada County was created out of the southern and western part of Boise County, and later gave a part of its own territory to form other counties, as will be noted elsewhere. For much of the following descriptive narration credit is given to the record prepared by the Idaho commissioner of immigration, and a more authentic source of information could not be asked.

Ada County is somewhat mountainous and rough in surface to the north and northeast, but this land furnishes fine pasture for sheep, horses and cattle during nine months of the year. The county has more than one hundred thousand acres under irrigation, and much of this is in the Boise valley, tributary to the city of Boise. Since the building of the interurban railroad to Calwell and the railway leading across the bench to Nampa, the farms are being divided into forty-acre tracts and less, and are being settled upon by an enterprising and very superior class of farmers.

In the Snake River valley, in the southern part of the county, there are about two hundred thousand acres of very fine land that will ultimately be under irrigation canals and utilized in farms. There have been segregated this year (1909-10) 180,000 acres, which are located principally in Ada County. The estimated length of the main canal is 89.36 miles and the length of the main laterals 153 miles.

The county is well watered, the Boise River being the principal stream. The principal crops grown are wheat, oats, barley, rye, corn, alfalfa, clover, timothy, potatoes, sugar beets and all kinds of garden products, including melons and cantaloupes. The fruit of the Boise valley is not excelled in size and flavor by that of any other section of the state. Here are raised the finest kind of peaches, apricots, nectarines, apples, pears, prunes, plums and cherries, and all varieties of berries. Through the irrigation facilities second crops of strawberries are raised in the autumn months and usually a supply may be had as late as Thanksgiving, the fruit lacking somewhat in color as thus produced but being of most delectable flavor and goodly size. There are nearly six thousand acres in commercial orchards,—those whose product is marketed outside of the state.

The population of Ada County as estimated by the census of 1910 was 29,088, but there has been an appreciable increase, the city of Boise as now constituted being credited with a population of twenty-eight thousand. The Oregon Short Line Railroad runs east and west through the central part of the county and the branch leading to Boise connects at Nampa with the main line of this system. The electric interurban facilities of the county are given consideration in a general chapter concerning railway and transportation matters, and definite development in this service has been made since the following statements were published in the 1909-10 report of the state commissioner of immigration: "The Boise & Interurban Electric road is one of the very finest and best equipped in the United States, and runs the entire length of the Boise valley, from Boise to Calwell, intersecting the Idaho Northern at Middleton. This company has recently completed a magnificent depot and office building on the corner of Seventh and Bannock streets, Boise. The Boise Valley Electric road runs through a very fine farming and fruit section of Ada county, to Nampa, a distance of something over twenty miles."

Aside from Boise, which is, as a matter of course, made the subject of an individual record in this work, Ada County has a number of thriving towns, the more important of which are Meridian, Eagle, and Star. Meridian, situated nine miles west of Boise, on the Oregon Short Line and Boise Valley railways, is near the western edge of the county, in a very rich agricultural and fruit section. It has a population of about one thousand, is supplied with electric and water systems of excellent order, has four churches, good schools, thriving fruit-packing establishments, two banks, one newspaper, one of the largest apiaries in the state, two telephone systems, a commercial club, and a due complement of well conducted mercantile establishments. Meridian's industrial prestige is enhanced by a manufactory of fruit-spraying devices and by one of the largest flouring mills in the west.

The town of Eagle is located on the Boise River and the Boise & Interurban Railroad, about seven miles down the valley from Boise, and is making substantial progress, as it is a trade center for a good agricultural and fruit growing district. It has three churches, a bank, a hotel and proper school facilities.

The village of Star is likewise on the Boise River and the Boise & Interurban Electric line, is eligibly situated and is thriving and progressive. It has a population of about three hundred, has three churches, a bank, a hotel, a weekly newspaper, a fine public-school building and a number of good business houses. It is seventeen miles west of Boise and six miles east of Middleton, Canyon County, which is its nearest railroad shipping point.

The 1910 report of the state commissioner of immigration designated the amount of inappropriate land in Ada County, open to entry under the homestead law, at 461,404 acres. It likewise gave the following information: "Improved lands with perpetual water rights cost from $75 to $150 per acre unimproved lands, with water right, from $50 to $75 per acre orchard lands, $300 to $600.

This brief outline of the history of Ada County is supplemented by the records concerning the southern part of the state in general and also by those touching more especially the city of Boise.

Source: [HISTORY OF IDAHO VOLUME I BY HIRAM T. FRENCH, M. S. Publ. 1914 Transcribed and submitted to Genealogy Trails by Andrea Stawski Pack.]


New Book Highlights History Of Treasure Valley Trolley

Five years ago Boise Mayor David Bieter proposed a $60 million trolley for downtown Boise. When federal funds for the project didn't come through, the project was put on indefinite hold.

The Treasure Valley actually had an electric railway that linked Boise, Meridian, Eagle, Nampa, Caldwell, and Middleton many years ago. That story unfolds in a new pictorial history book called the “Treasure Valley’s Electric Railway.” Barbara Perry Bauer is one of the authors and she says the trolley started more than 100 years ago.

"The streetcar in Boise, started in 1890, 1891 actually is when they incorporated, and in 1892 is when they started the line that went through Boise,” says Perry Bauer. “By 1904, a lot of businessmen began to realize it would be a great thing to connect the communities throughout Ada and Canyon County and that was when what was called the “Interurban” actually was started.”

Q. Did they stretch all through the Treasure Valley?

A. They did. Of course the first route that was completed was the one that went to Caldwell. So when you’re traveling along State Street and Highway 44 and going through Star and Eagle and out to Middleton and then to Caldwell, you’re actually following some of that original route. It was called the Boise and Interurban Railway.

Q. What was the average fare for a streetcar ride?

A. The average fare was a nickel for routes within the city, but of course if you were traveling from here to Caldwell, it would go up incrementally. At one time, it would cost about $1.15 to make that ride.

Q. Boise Mayor David Bieter has been a proponent of bringing a trolley back to downtown Boise. Your company, Tag Historical Research and Consulting did some consulting work for the City. Did any of that factor into the book?

A. No, it did not. I have been interested in the electric railway for years and years, going back to the late 1980’s and was always intrigued with the history of the streetcar system. With our work, we often look at historic neighborhoods and the layout of the city and the streetcar came into play in many projects and work that we had done prior to that. That’s where my interest came from.

Q. Why did the trolley system eventually shut down?

A. It’s a pretty well-known fact that it was the automobile. Once the automobile became popular and economical and was fairly inexpensive for folks to buy, that really did have an impact on the street railway throughout the country.

The other thing that had an impact is that this system was backed by private money, so you had a lot of investors from the local area, as well as investors from the East. It didn’t really ever pay.

Passenger fares did not really pay to keep the system going. In our area, it was the freight that helped to pay for the system. You had a series of dairies and orchards and farms throughout the Treasure Valley that used the Interurban to get their freight from one place to another and that was where a lot of the income came from. The fact that it was very popular for over 40 years and allowed people to get from one end of the county to another county was great. But unfortunately it really never did pay for itself.

Q. What do you want people to take away from the book?

A. I think I want people to not only recall a system that provided a convenient form of transportation but also to look at how many people were actually employed by the Interurban system. It was fascinating to me, as we’ve been doing research over the years, to discover that at one point there were probably 250 people who worked for the different electric railway systems.

For me, I want people to think about what it meant to the community, as far as economics, what it meant to the community, as far as being able to get from one point to another and just realize that what we have today has been built on what we had in the past.

Barbara Perry Bauer wrote “Treasure Valley’s Electric Railway” with her sister, Elizabeth Jacox.

The book is now in stores around the Treasure Valley, including the Idaho State Historical Society gift shop and at Rediscovered Books.

On April 20, the sisters will host a bus tour that follows the old Interurban route from Boise to Caldwell and back, with stops at buildings and sites from the days of the electric railway.


Schools & Higher Education

Eagle is part of the Joint School District 2 which includes Star, Meridian, Eagle and parts of Boise. Only schools located in Eagle are listed below:

  1. West Ada School District: 208-855-4500
  2. Eagle High School: 208-939-5189
  3. Eagle Academy Alternative High School: 208-939-5386
  4. Eagle Middle School: 208-939-2216
  5. Gallileo Math & Science Magnet School: 208-350-4105
  6. Eagle Elementary School of the Arts: 208-855-4365
  7. Eagle Hills Elementary School: 208-350-4085
  8. Seven Oaks Elementary School: 208-350-4095
  9. Private/Eagle Adventist Christian School: 208-938-0093
  10. Private/Eagle Montessori Center: 208-938-1312
  11. Charter/North Star Public Charter School: 208-939-9600

Idaho School Performance Data 2013 Star Ratings (PDF)

Compare NAEP scores for Idaho Schools versus national:http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/

Cost per student, grades 1-12, and teacher/student ratio comparison to US average.

Eagle USA
$per student $6,141 $12,383
teacher ratio 1 to 21 1 to 19.4
%High school grad 96.4% 89.14%
%4 year college grad 45.9% 25.42%

Higher Education

None located within the community of Eagle. However, schools noted below are all within 20 miles.

  1. Boise State University: 208-426-1000 https://www.boisestate.edu
  2. College of Western Idaho&ndashNampa: 208-562-3000 http://cwidaho.cc
  3. Carrington College: 208-779-3100 http://carrington.edu/schools/boise-idaho
  4. Paul Mitchell Schools-Boise: 208-375-0190 http://www.campusexplorer.com/Scot-Lewis-Schools
  5. Stevens-Henager College-Boise: 208-345-0700 http://www.stevenshenager.edu/boise
  6. Boise Bible College: 208-376-7731 http://www.boisebible.edu/

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Homeowner's exemption

If you own and occupy a home (including manufactured homes) as your primary residence, you could qualify for a homeowner's exemption for that home and up to one acre of land.

You only need to apply once. If approved, your exemption is good until any of the following happens:

  • You move and the home is no longer your primary residence
  • You no longer own the home
  • The home's ownership changes (e.g., you put the home in a trust you start to share ownership with someone else)

The homeowner's exemption will exempt 50% of the value of your home and up to one acre of land (maximum: $100,000) from property tax.

George's property is a house located in the fictitious city of New Town, Idaho. The total amount of property tax that George owes is calculated like this:

  1. 100% of the market value of his house is $142,900.
  2. 100% of the market value of his half-acre lot on which the house sits is $96,000.
  3. George applied for and is eligible for the homeowner's exemption. This reduces the taxable amount of his property by $100,000.
  4. Line A plus line B minus line C is the taxable value: $138,900

A history of the maximum homeowner's exemption is at the bottom of this page.

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History of maximum homeowner's exemption

YearsMaximum
1980-1982$10,000
1983-2005$50,000
2006$75,000
2007$89,325
2008$100,938
2009$104,471
2010$101,153
2011$92,040
2012$83,974
2013$81,000
2014$83,920
2015$89,580
2016$94,745
2017$100,000
2018$100,000
2019$100,000
2020$100,000

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Idaho's 1st congressional district

Idaho's 1st congressional district is one of two congressional districts in the U.S. state of Idaho. It comprises the western portion of the state.

From statehood in 1890 to the 1910 election, Idaho was represented by a statewide at-large seat. Following the 1910 census, Idaho gained a second House seat it was first contested in 1912. However, through the 1916 election, both seats were statewide at-large seats. The first election in Idaho with two congressional districts was in 1918.

The 2012 election cycle saw the district remain largely in the shape it has had since the 1950s, encompassing the western third of the state. Historically, it has been reckoned as the Boise district, as it usually included most of the state capital. The latest round of redistricting, however, saw the 1st pushed to the west, shifting almost all of its share of Boise to the 2nd district. [3] A significant increase in population directly west of Boise over the previous decade, in western Ada and Canyon counties, was responsible for the westward shift of the boundary. However, the 1st continues to include most of Boise's suburbs. In Ada County itself, the district continues to include Meridian, Eagle, Kuna and some parts of Boise south of Interstate 84. It also includes the entire northern portion of the state, through the Panhandle.

The 1st district is currently represented by Russ Fulcher, a Republican from Boise. First elected in 2018, he defeated Democratic candidate Cristina McNeil and Libertarian candidate W. Scott Howard.


History of Meridian/Eagle, Idaho - History

The agricultural community of Meridian lies in eastern Logan County, twelve and one-half miles southeast of the county seat of Guthrie and one mile north of Bear Creek's intersection with the Indian Meridian. The town is situated at the junction of county roads N3230/E0810.The west side of Meridian was originally settled by non-Indians during the Land Run of 1889, and the east side was occupied in 1891 when the Iowa, Sac and Fox, Kickapoo, Absentee Shawnee, and Citizen Band Potawatomi lands were opened. Consequently, one half of the sixty-acre town lies in Bear Creek Township and the other in South Cimarron Township. In 1893 Sarah E. Harbor opened a store on the Indian Meridian. The store also served as a post office when it was established on March 10, 1894. In 1895 she sold the store to Miles William Allen, one of the 1889 successful land claimants, and his wife Lucy became the postmistress. Because the town is not accessible by a highway, the existence of the Meridian community has depended on this symbiotic store/post office continuing in operation through the twenty-first century.

In 1903 the Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad (later the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway, Katy) was constructing a branch line to Guthrie. Prior to the actual building of the railroad the Meridian Right-of-way and Townsite Company platted a town, which was incorporated in 1902. They initially suggested the name of Allen after the store/post office proprietor, but he declined the honor, saying that the village should be called Meridian because it was on the Indian Meridian. In 1903 the Fort Smith and Western Railroad also laid track through the town. In the early 1900s the short-lived Meridian Eagle and Meridian Sun newspapers served the citizens.

Meridian citizens were successful in having some political influence in Oklahoma's territorial government. James Ira McDaniel, a Meridian-area farmer, was elected to the Second Oklahoma Territorial Legislature in 1892, and Miles Allen was elected to the Sixth Oklahoma Territorial Legislature in 1900. In March 1907 the Anti-Jim Crow Convention met in Meridian, and delegates were instructed on how to organize opposition to the proposed constitution for the State of Oklahoma. Two persons of note accompanied their parents into the Meridian area. Martin Edwin Trapp, Oklahoma's sixth governor, was twelve years old when his parents staked a land claim near the future town. The second was Jennie Harris Oliver, who attended and later taught school in Meridian before earning acclaim as a poet, an author, and Oklahoma's third poet laureate.

In 1938 Meridian acquired rural electricity. The largest flood ever to inundate the town came on May 19, 1949, prompting area residents to join a flood control committee. Its plan for southeastern Logan and northeastern Oklahoma counties was implemented and was completed in 1963. In 1955 the Meridian schools were closed, and thereafter area students rode buses to school in Guthrie. Meridian's population stood at 199 in 1910. Numbers dropped to 165 in 1930 and then grew to 210 in 1940, the historic high. From the 187 residents recorded in 1950 the population steadily declined to 78 in 1980 and 54 in 2000, nine more than the 45 recorded in 1990, the historic low. After World War II there was no train service at Meridian, the cotton gins closed, and agriculture ceased as an economic activity to support the town. At the turn of the twenty-first century all those employed commuted to work in Stillwater, Guthrie, and Oklahoma City. The 2010 census found 38 residents.

Bibliography

Isabell C. Anderson, "History of Meridian, Oklahoma," in Who's Who in Logan County: The People and Enterprises Who Have Made Logan County (Guthrie, Okla.: Cooperative Publishing Co., 1927).

Helen F. Holmes, ed., Logan County History, 1889–1977: Logan County, Oklahoma, 2 vols. (Guthrie, Okla.: History Committee, Logan County Extension Homemakers Council, 1978–80).

"Meridian," Vertical File, Research Division, Oklahoma Historical Society, Oklahoma City.

Profiles of America, Vol. 2 (2d ed. Millerton, N.Y.: Grey House Publishing, 2003).

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Higher Education

Also in the greater Boise Area are these Colleges and Universities:

  1. Boise State University: 208-426-1000 https://www.boisestate.edu
  2. College of Western Idaho&ndashNampa: 208-562-3000 http://cwidaho.cc
  3. Carrington College: 208-779-3100 http://carrington.edu/schools/boise-idaho
  4. Paul Mitchell Schools-Boise: 208-375-0190 https://paulmitchell.edu/boise/
  5. Stevens-Henager College-Boise: 208-345-0700 http://www.stevenshenager.edu/boise
  6. Boise Bible College: 208-376-7731 http://www.boisebible.edu
  7. Northwest Lineman College: 208-888-4817 https://lineman.edu/

History of Meridian/Eagle, Idaho - History

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Too many agents spend the better part of their careers wearing all of the different ‘hats’ within their individual business that ultimately limit their opportunities and growth.

Individual agents are oftentimes responsible for every day-to-day operation within their business. From putting together marketing campaigns, providing customer service to clients, showing properties, writing offers, and showing up at the closing table, agents bear a lot of responsibilities that directly impact the results of their business. How is an agent supposed to grow that business into one that works for them and provides the lifestyle they want to live, if they are wearing all the ‘hats’ themselves?

Think of any successful business outside of real estate (i.e. restaurants, retail stores, etc). Do you think the owner would be responsible for fulfilling all of the roles in that business? If the owners of those successful companies are sick, or go on vacation, does their business stop or shut down? Most successful businesses reach a point in time where they require more than one person in order to be consistent, dependable, and achieve greater success.

Our company provides the resources that allow our team members to succeed without being limited by how many hours they have in a day.

We view each of the resources that we provide as optional ‘building blocks’ our team members can utilize, depending on the needs of their business.


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