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The vibrant city of Boise, Idaho, has one of the largest concentrations of Basque populations per capita in the U.S., and its lively Basque Block is the backdrop for the celebration of the culture.

Held each July, the San Inazio Festival honors the patron saint of the Basques. Thousands fill the Basque Block to watch athletes perform in Basque sporting events and see local musicians and dancers perform.

Jaialdi, the world’s largest celebration of Basque culture, is also held in Boise every five years. Jaialdi translates to “Big Festival” and brings visitors and performers from all over the world, with the next celebration taking place in 2025. Unconfirmed reports claim that it takes that long to recover from the celebratory dancing, musical performances, sporting events and authentic food and drink – truly an event that can’t be missed!

The vibrant city of Boise, Idaho, has one of the largest concentrations of Basque populations per capita in the U.S., and Boise’s Basque Block is the backdrop for the celebration of the lively Basque culture. Photo courtesy of Visit Boise

For more information on Boise, visit VisitBoise.com.

 

Boise, the capital city of Idaho, isn’t just known for one or two legendary Wild West stories. The Old Idaho Penitentiary, a working prison until 1973, is located against the beautiful backdrop of the Boise Foothills and is known for its many stories, including Wild West tales and those of the ghost kind. It has held some of the West’s meanest and most daring criminals since its doors opened in 1872.

One of those criminals was Harry Orchard, who is known to have killed Governor Frank Steunenberg by dynamite slaying in Caldwell, Idaho on December 30, 1905. Before the assassination of the governor, Orchard had occasionally admitted to killing two other men by dynamite due to violence led by industrial disputes with the Western Federation of Miners. A convert to Christianity during his imprisonment, Orchard molded into a model inmate. He died in the prison in 1954 at the age of 88 and is buried at Morris Hill Cemetery in Boise.

Boise’s Old Idaho Penitentiary hosted some of the West’s meanest and most daring criminals in its 100 years, including “assassin by dynamite” Harry Orchard. Photo courtesy of Visit Boise

For more information on Boise, visit VisitBoise.com.