By Jill Richardson
Construction is underway at Celebration Park south of Melba. Boise State University and Canyon County Parks broke ground in November to begin build the Canyon Crossroads Transportation Museum. The museum will celebrate Idaho’s nomadic native people as well as railroads, cattle drives, highways, emigrant trails, steamboats and other transportation-related culture through permanent and traveling exhibits, interactive programs and presentations.
The museum is intended to serve many missions. It will house the Desert Studies Institute, a program developed between BSU Anthropology Department and Celebration Park to offer teachers, students and visitors a unique experience of academic learning.
Celebration Park is the first archaeological park in Idaho and offers a unique setting of historic artifacts, petroglyphs, walking paths, camping, recreation, a hands-on atlatl launching experience and much more.
Celebration Park is nestled in to the west of the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area and along the Snake River at Guffey Bridge. It is also the location of Guffey Bridge, the railroad bridge that crossed the Snake River bringing gold and silver ore from Silver City mines. It currently functions as a walking bridge giving access to remote areas of Owyhee County.
Most of the funding for the project comes from grants