Idaho History Lesson Julia Davis Park

Dated: 07/02/2015

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Julia Davis Park is dedicated to the woman who assisted travelers on the Oregon Trail.

Ever wonder who Julia Davis was? Her name is attached to one of Boise’s most popular parks, but who was she?


She was the beloved wife of Thomas Davis, who came to this area in the early 1860s hoping to strike it rich by mining along the Boise River. When that didn’t happen, he planted apple trees and eventually helped create the city of Boise. Julia Davis Park is part of that original orchard.


Julia McCrumb was a young Canadian girl who came to the valley to visit relatives in 1869. In 1871, she married Thomas and would eventually be the mother of six children. She is famous for her generosity and for assisting travelers on the Oregon Trail. She died in 1907 at 60, and Thomas had the park created in her memory. Part of the land donation terms states that the land must be used as a public park forever.


Boise’s park system is one of the many reasons people love living here and Julia Davis Park is home to the Rose Garden, Zoo Boise, Idaho State Historical Museum, Idaho Black History Museum, and Boise Art Museum. Families enjoy Movies Under the Stars and other entertainment at the band shell. Art in the Park is one our most popular events. Every year the park hosts many weddings and family events.


If you’d like to learn more about the park and Julia Davis, guided tours are available during warmer months on First Thursday. Check out the family treasure map, Quest for the Golden Apple, that leads you through the park looking for clues as you read history and learn about nutrition.


Wouldn’t you love a home close to the Greenbelt and our amazing parks? Contact us today and let us help you find your dream home!

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