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Idaho City in Boise County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Pest House and County Jail

 
 
Pest House and County Jail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 3, 2018
1. Pest House and County Jail Marker
Inscription.
Idaho City Fire Station
Served as Boise County Jail during the 20's - 30's.

 
Location. 43° 49.734′ N, 115° 50.016′ W. Marker is in Idaho City, Idaho, in Boise County. Marker is on Montgomery Street near Wall Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 503 Montgomery Street, Idaho City ID 83631, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Boise Basin Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Masonic Temple (within shouting distance of this marker); Boise County Courthouse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Masonic Temple (about 300 feet away); World War II Memorial (about 300 feet away); U.S. Senator Frank Church (about 300 feet away); The Chinese Legacy in Boise Basin (在愛达荷城的华人) (about 400 feet away); Miners Exchange (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Idaho City.
 
Categories. Law EnforcementNotable Buildings
 
Pest House and County Jail and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 3, 2018
2. Pest House and County Jail and Marker
Pest House and County Jail image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 3, 2018
3. Pest House and County Jail
Pest House image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 3, 2018
4. Pest House
The term 'Pest House' came from the word "Pestilence'. These structures housed the indigent citizens with contagious diseases.
During the early development of the Intermountain West, the county commissioners established such places as the only available method of dealing with severe outbreaks of illness.
The trappers and traders scattered throughout territorial Idaho, used whiskey and quinine as cure-alls. With the sudden influx of the miners, large camps sprang up and epidemics where a serious threat. Crowded housing and inadequate sanitation increased the problem and communities were plagued with outbreaks of small pox, diphtheria, and many other communicable diseases.
Other Buildings That Are a Part of the Boise Basin Museum image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 3, 2018
5. Other Buildings That Are a Part of the Boise Basin Museum
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 21, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 21, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 21, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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