Many of you have lived in Kuna your whole lives. It’s that small town where everyone knows their neighbors and visitors feel welcomed. This year we are celebrating the 150th year of Kuna becoming that small town we all know and love. As part of the upcoming celebration let’s revisit the history of our town, a rich and beautiful heritage beginning in the way back whens of the 1800s.
According to the Idaho Territorial Legislature history, Kuna was established on December 22, 1864 by their Legislature. The country was named in honor of Ada Riggs, who was the first child to be born in this area. As an added bit of information, she was the daughter of H.C. Riggs, a co-founder of Boise. December 22nd of this year marks exactly 150 years since the establishment of Kuna.
In 1881, when the Oregon ShortLine Railway Company started across Idaho, it bypassed Boise and established a materials camp where the Silver City road crossed the railroad. When the line was put to work in 1883, a station was placed there and called Kuna. It is popularly believed that the translation of the name “Kuna” means “the end of the trail”, and it was the end of the railroad. Kuna began life as the end of a railroad line and grew into the wonderful small town we all know and love.
Next Saturday, September 13th, we all celebrate the beginnings of our town. Join us at Bernie Fisher Park, under the water tower, for a day of celebration!
Please contact the Kuna Historical Society for more information on the origins of Kuna.
Welcome Back Bobby!
Bobby Withrow is back at the head of Parks and Rec this week as he resumes light duty after being out recovering from surgery for the last month. He will be picking up office duty as Parks and Rec begins transitioning into the winter season.
Bobby will continue his cancer treatment while back at work. He knows his limits, however, and is appreciative of the support he is receiving from everyone in Kuna. Welcome back, Bobby! You were missed.