“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Boise in Ada County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)

Jesus Urquides, Circa 1870

Jesus Urquides Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 20, 2013
1. Jesus Urquides Marker
Inscription. Legendary mule packer Jesus Urquides was a Boise pioneer and founder of a freighting business located on this site. Born January 18, 1833 in Sonora, Mexico, Urquides migrated to the California gold fields in 1850 where he worked as a mule packer supplying the mining communities. After the 1863 discovery of gold in Idaho’s Boise Basin, Urquides opened supply lines to Silver City, Atlanta, Yellow Jacket, and Challis and many other sites throughout Idaho, Oregon, and Nevada. During the 1877 Nez Perce and 1878 Bannock Wars, Urquides and company ran supplies for the U.S. Army.

His long career spanned gold rushes in four western states over a period of sixty years. Urquides and his fellow packers formed an essential part of the frontier mining economy, using well-honed Mexican techniques to carry provisions to remote mining camps over rugged trails.

Spry and athletic, with a distinguished goatee and respectable demeanor, Urquides was highly regarded as an esteemed pioneer figure in Boise long after the era of roads and trucks had remade the mule packers trade. He died April 26, 1928 at 95 and was buried in Pioneer Cemetery east of this site.
Erected 2013 by Boise City Department of Arts and History.
Location. 43° 36.701′ 
Jesus Urquides Marker (<i>side view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 22, 2013
2. Jesus Urquides Marker (side view)
N, 116° 11.753′ W. Marker is in Boise, Idaho, in Ada County. Marker is on West Main Street 0.1 miles west of South 2nd Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located directly in front of office building, between the sidewalk and the street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 115 West Main Street, Boise ID 83706, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Abraham Lincoln (approx. 0.4 miles away); Warm Springs Avenue (approx. half a mile away); Sacajawea and Pomp (approx. half a mile away); Airmail Service (approx. 0.6 miles away); Boise State University (approx. 0.6 miles away); Idaho State Penitentiary (approx. 1.8 miles away); Beaver Dick's Ferry (approx. 6.4 miles away); The Oregon Trail (approx. 6.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boise.
More about this marker. Marker is mounted on a tall metal pedestal adjacent to an attractive metal and wood sculpture of a 19th century camera
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1. Honoring Jesus Urquides.
When Urquides arrived in Boise in the mid-1860s, he was already a successful Mexican businessman. At that time, Boise was only a small village surrounded by farms that provided food for Southern and Central Idaho mining camps. A decade later, Urquides inherited land from an acquaintance at what is now 115 Main St., and settled
Camera sculpture adjacent to marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 22, 2013
3. Camera sculpture adjacent to marker
in the Treasure Valley permanently. Other Mexican Americans and mule packers also settled onto Urquides' land, where he built 30 cabins, stables and corrals. Known as the "Spanish Village" or "Urquides Village," Urquides often referred to it as his "little world." (Submitted on November 10, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. More About Urquides.
Jesus Urquides arrived in Idaho around 1860 from Sonora, Mexico via California. He became a renowned muleteer because of his talents transporting goods to miners in remote camps and other accomplishments. He was also a prominent citizen and founder of teh neighborhood known as Spanish Village... Urquides lived with his family in Spanish Village until his death in 1928. His daughter Lola remained in the village and shared stories of her father until she died in the 1960s. In 2013, as part of its sesquincentennial celebration, the city of Boise dedicated the Jesus Urquides Memorial on the sidewalk in front of his former house. (Submitted on November 10, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 11, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 9, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 32 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on November 9, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   2, 3. submitted on November 10, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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