Present-day Idaho was some of the last land in the U.S.’s lower 48 states to be explored by European settlers. Idaho’s landscape features many tributes Native American cultures and the American frontier. Each city and town in Idaho has its own story to tell, and few legacies remain as preserved as those in Nampa, Idaho, do.
Located 20 miles west of Idaho’s capital city, Nampa is a quietly growing town with a rich history and proud residents. If you were to explore this city, you just might learn a thing or two about what makes Idaho a great place to live. Be sure to check out these Nampa historical spots during your next visit!
Warhawk Air Museum
This is the perfect place for history buffs, aviation nerds, and military families alike. The Warhawk Air Museum is a tribute to the military’s aviation history. It was founded in 1889 by John and Sue Paul, who restored old military planes for decades. The couple found that as they were restoring their beloved old fighter planes, locals would donate military gear and memorabilia, hoping the Pauls could do something with the pieces.
Today, the Pauls have a large collection of planes and military gear, and the museum regularly hosts educational tours and symposiums and partners with local veterans. Visit the Warhawk Museum online to learn more about ticketing, donations, and programs.
The Canyon County Historical Society Train Depot Museum
The railway system connected our large country together, and it’s a vibrant part of the history of the west. In 1972, a group of concerned Nampa citizens came together to preserve an old train station in their town, believing that it told great stories of the history of Nampa and wesetern expansion. Today, that train depot is now the Canyon County Historical Society, and it’s host to numerous events and memorabilia.
And when you finish, be sure to explore historic downtown Nampa! The train Depot is located in the heart of the greater Nampa community and is just blocks from great shops, restaurants, and cafes. These include Flying M Coffeegarage, 2C Family Brewing Company, and Italian To Go.
A large part of Idaho’s history is it’s outdoor landscape. It’s what draws so many people to the gorgeous Gem State! Lake Lowell