Canyon County was named for the small canyon through which the Boise River flows near Caldwell. What is now Canyon County played an important part in the early history of Idaho. Efforts to establish posts at the mouth of the Boise River in 1812-13 and in 1819 were not successful. The Hudson's Bay Company established Fort Boise in 1834 near what is now Parma and it was abandoned in 1855. Emigrants traveled through Canyon County on the Oregon Trail, and in 1854, twenty-one persons were killed in the Ward Massacre south of Middleton. The early settlers located farms along the Boise and Snake rivers, and population quickly expanded when the Oregon Short Line crossed the county in 1883. Caldwell was platted in 1883 and incorporated in 1889. Nampa was incorporated in 1890 and the College of Idaho was founded at Caldwell in 1891. Agriculture is the chief industry of the county made possible by a vast acreage of irrigated land, and it has numerous small manufacturing and processing plants. -- "The Idaho Almanac," 1977 Edition, State of Idaho." map

Note: Canyon County is 98% private ownership.

John Reed (Reid), trapping on Boise River (1813)
History of Fort Boise (1834)
      Alexander Ross' Journal, 1824 (off-site)
      John Work's Journal, 1830-31 (off-site)
History of Canyon County, by James Hawley, 1920
Assassination of Governor Steunenberg (l905)
The Fabulous Col. Dewey
Historic Postal Records
"Our Heritage...the McConnels", Parma Review, September 16, 1971
      McConnel Homesteads, includes family sheets, biographies and photos
Canyon County Photos

Canyon County Links

Idaho Family Scanners- Canyon County
Find A Grave - Canyon County
City of Nampa Interment and Genealogy Site
Idaho Meanderings: Steunenberg, Trial of the Century, Labor, Legal, Political History

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