Did you know?

Idaho's first potato grower was not a farmer at all, but a Presbyterian missionary named Henry Harmon Spalding.

The Boise Bench

The neighborhood's quiet, tree-lined streets shout of 1950s America, when society was much more innocent and life less complicated.

Nearly one-fourth of Boise's residents live in the Central Bench, a neighborhood with a character unlike any other in the city. While subdivisions in newer areas of the city are carefully segregated between small houses and big, in the Central Bench big homes stand next to small, which stand next to medium, which stand next to pastures. The result is a work of art, an unpredictable collage.

Residential areas are strictly residential, while retail developments are along major thoroughfares. Those major thoroughfares include Overland Road, Vista Avenue and Orchard Street, all among the city's main arterials -- and all lined almost exclusively with commercial development.

Three of Boise's most beautiful parks are located in the Central Bench. Ann Morrison Park and Kathryn Albertson Park are part of the renowned riverside park system. But Platt Gardens is perhaps the favorite of native Boiseans. The park, located in front of the Boise Depot, provides a spectacular nighttime view of the city. Development along Capitol Boulevard has somewhat diminished the view of the Capitol, but it still is impressive.