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Sunday in the Park with Loki and Katie: Fort Boise and the Idaho Veterans Home

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A February 2006 trip to Boise by Wildcat Dianne

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Quote: A gorgeous Sunday in February brought Mom and me out with our dogs, Loki and Katie, to historic Fort Boise and the Idaho Veterans Home.

Sunday in the Park with Loki and Katie: Fort Boise and the Idaho Veterans Home

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I have been to the Fort Boise and the Idaho Veterans Home and Hospital a couple of times before to visit my friend Leslie's Dad, a Korean War veteran who lives in the veterans home on the grounds, and I thought it would be a great place to take our dogs, Loki and Katie, for a walk as a change of scenery from their usual walking route in our neighborhood. Mom, Loki, Katie, and I were not disappointed when we arrived on an unusually sunny Sunday in February....Read More

Fort Boise

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Attraction | "A Brief History of Fort Boise and the Idaho Veterans Home and Hospital"

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Idaho and its capital Boise are a relatively young state and city that dates from the mid-19th Century. Boise was originally a garrison town that was established to house the US military who were stationed there to protect settlers from the east from Native American attacks. But Fort Boise's present home was established after the original Fort Boise was built on the Snake River near present-day Parma, Idaho, near the Oregon border. The first Fort Boise was built by a British firm in 1834 to com...Read More

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Fort Boise

Boise, Idaho

Historic Buildings of Fort Boise

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From its establishment in Boise, Idaho in 1863 until the late 19th century, Fort Boise had many uses for soldiers and civilians who were passing through the Idaho Territory or settled down in the area. Fort Boise was a fort built to protect pioneers and soldiers from Native American Attacks, and after the fort became obsolete in that category, its buildings were put to use for treating 20th and 21st century Veterans, as part of the Veterans Administration Hospital and Home. Fort Boise is split into two levels, an upper level and a lower level. Here are some of t...Read More

Tales of Veterans I Have Known

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Most of the veterans who live at the Veterans Home or Nursing Home located at Fort Boise are veterans of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Each veteran has his or her own fascinating stories of their experiences in battle or boot camp. Virgil Van Zante, my friend Leslie's father, is one of those veterans with a story or two to tell you. Virgil grew up in Iowa along with nine brothers and sisters. A couple of his brothers served valiantly in combat during World War II, and Virgil and another brot...Read More
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My dogs Loki and Katie are our loyal travel companions whenever we can take them somewhere that allows dogs. Most of our trips wind up in a park or at some body of water for a day of fun, sun, and exercise. We had an unexpected almost 60-degree day at the end of February, and I said to Mom that it would be a great day to take Loki and Katie to Fort Boise for a change of scenery. So, we put Loki and Katie's leashes on and were off in Mom's Subaru Legacy, which is big enough to fit us two humans and two huge...Read More