Idaho's First Capitol Historical

Idaho's First Capitol Historical (HM1TK8)

Location: Lewiston, ID 83501 Nez Perce County
Country: United States of America

N 46° 25.122', W 117° 1.077'

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On March 4, 1863, President Lincoln signed the Idaho Organic Act creating Idaho Territory

The original territory encompassed an area of 324,000 square miles - an area larger than Texas - and included all of present day Montana, virtually all of Wyoming, including western strips of North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska.

Lincoln appointed William H. Wallace as the first governor of Idaho Territory and Wallace selected Lewiston as the capital of the new territory before arriving on July 10, 1863.

The first two sessions of the Idaho Territorial Legislature were held in Lewiston and the original capitol building was located on 3rd Street between Beachy Street and Capital Street.

In 1864 Montana became a separate territory and most of present-day Wyoming was transferred to Dakota Territory, leaving Idaho Territory much smaller.

When the second session of the territorial legislature convened in late 1864 contrary to the Organic Act, a bill purporting to relocate the capital to Boise City was approved.

Despite legal efforts to retain the capital at Lewiston, the territorial seal and most of the governmental archives were removed from Lewiston by force in 1865 and transported to Boise City.

Coincidentally, on April 14, 1865 when the First Great Territorial Seal of Idaho along with most of the governmental archives arrived in Boise City, the country was stunned by the assassination
of President Abraham Lincoln.
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HM NumberHM1TK8
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, August 8th, 2016 at 9:02pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)11T E 498620 N 5140569
Decimal Degrees46.41870000, -117.01795000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 46° 25.122', W 117° 1.077'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds46° 25' 7.32" N, 117° 1' 4.62" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)208
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1122 Main St, Lewiston ID 83501, US
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