In the late 1860s, the gold and silver rush reached what would eventually become the city we call home today.

Many of us remember trying to get to Fort Boise without dying of dysentery while playing the classic Oregon Trail video game. Based on the date that you started your journey in the game, the Fort Boise in the video game was the first Fort Boise established in 1834. It was actually closer to present-day Parma, than present-day Boise. The second Fort Boise was built in 1863 and was meant to protect settlers from local Native American tribes and the amount of gold and silver coming from the mountains.

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A year later, Boise would become an incorporated city and the capital of the territory of Idaho. It had a population of just 1,658 people back then and was smaller than Idaho City and Placerville.


Today? Well, Boise is the largest city in Idaho and one of the fastest-growing cities in the entire country. The latest American Community Survey estimates from the United States Census Bureau put Boise's population at 231,537.

With growth comes change and new construction, but what's kind of cool is the fact that when you see vintage photos of Boise dating back as early as the 1900s you can still say "I know exactly where that is!" We found eight of those very cool photos on postcards for sale on eBay and compared those to recent photos of Boise.

Step back into our time machine and take a look back at what Boise looked like in the 1900s, '40 and '50s! Many of these buildings and places are still standing today.

9 Vintage Scenes of Boise From the 1900-1960s and What They Look Like Today

When it was incorporated in 1864, Boise was a mining town of just over 1600. Today, it's one of the fastest growing cities in the country. Check out these vintage photos to see how much things have changed since the early 1900s.

LOOK: 20 Amazing Photos of Boise Hotels From 1910-1980s

Over the past few years, Boise's experienced what they've called a "room boom." Do you like the new hotels or do you miss some of these vintage ones that used to call Downtown Boise and the surrounding area home?

KEEP READING: 76 Unbelievable Photos of How Much Downtown Boise Has Changed Over 10 Years

The Google Maps car first visited Boise in 2007. Things have changed A LOT since then!

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