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Posted November 19, 2019

USP TeamEnergize Our Neighborhoods recognizes West Valley Neighborhood Association’s work to restore the Ustick Townsite.

On Sept. 28, 2019 at the Energize Boise Celebration the West Valley Neighborhood Association was presented with a special award by the city of Boise for their continuing efforts in revitalizing the Ustick Townsite.

Check out the photos of our 2018 and 2019 Ustick in Bloom celebrations!

 
West Valley Neighborhood Association and Boise City Energize Our Neighborhoods cancelled the third annual USTICK IN BLOOM Neighborhood celebration due to the Covid-19 virus. We look forward to seeing West Boise residents in June 2021 to celebrate West Boise neighborhoods at our USTICK IN BLOOM Event! 

 


Posted November 19, 2019

Mayor Dave Bieter AwardsWest Valley Neighborhood Association receives $50,000 Grant from Boise City for Phase 2 of Ustick Beautification Project.

July 24 2019 at an event in Magnolia Park in Northwest Boise, Mayor Dave Bieter announced that the city approved 20 neighborhood projects including a $50,000 grant for phase two of the Ustick Beautification Project.

Phase two will include purchase and installation of 10 poles in the Ustick townsite and signage for the poles that will identify Ustick as a historic area in West Boise. The UBP team is working with Energize and Boise City Planning on phase two of the Ustick Beautification project.


Posted July 12, 2019

Energize Our Neighborhoods Ustick in Bloom 2019, a community celebration presented by Energize Our Neighborhoods and the West Valley Neighborhood Association.

The second annual Ustick in Bloom West Boise Neighborhood celebration was held June 22, 2019 in Redwood Park. Over 500 neighbors gathered to celebrate our community on this beautiful summer solstice.

Many thanks to Boise City Energize Our Neighborhoods, West Valley Neighborhood Association and the Ustick Beautification project team for making our celebration a success! A special thanks to Mayor Dave Bieter for his continued support of the Ustick Beautification project and our Ustick in Bloom celebration.

We are looking forward to celebrating and connecting with our West Boise neighbors again next year!

Please take a moment to look at THE PHOTOS of our second Ustick in Bloom celebration.


Ustick Road Poster by Ward P Hooper

Our vision for the Ustick Townsite Beautification Project is to awaken the collective memory of the historic agricultural community in West Boise - Ustick Village. At its prime, Ustick was a bustling agricultural town surrounded by orchards and energized by a small farming community. The townsite was complete with a bank, a creamery, a school, and its own Mercantile, where produce was weighed and shipped via the local railway system “The Interurban” to destinations east and west. These buildings have withstood the test of time and still stand in the townsite and continue to be utilized as business ventures.

Urban sprawl has nearly decimated the character and historical significance of the Ustick Townsite. Ustick Road, a two-lane road once shaded by a canopy of poplar trees served as the trolley line for the Boise Valley Railway which ran from Caldwell to Boise. The beautiful canopy of trees is gone and what was once a tree-lined Ustick Road is now a five lane highway to Meridian.

Our vision includes a re-birth of this once thriving community by working with Boise City and community partners to re-create a pedestrian friendly neighborhood in which West Boise residents can once again connect and commune. Our vision includes trees, landscaping, historical street lamps, sculpture and artwork that will soften the area to make it a pleasant place to walk and bicycle. We also envision a welcoming place with shops that are within easy walking distance and historical interpretative signage to educate the public about the townsite of Ustick. Future development of walking paths and inclusion in the West Boise comprehensive plan could include routes along the irrigation ditches leading to Comba Park.

Traveling Trolley Time Capsule
Boise Police Department
Greg Bridges & Josh Frost
Birdman of Boise
West of Ustick
West of Ustick
Wingit
Wingit
Archie and Nora Pelton, Ustick Merc ~ Courtesy of Micheal Meade and Boise City Dept. of Arts & History, Micheal Meade Collection
Archie and Nora Pelton, Ustick Merc

Ustick Mercantile, A. H. Pelton, Prop. ~ Courtesy of Micheal Meade
Ustick Mercantile, A. H. Pelton, Prop.

Ustick Grade School Students 1936-37, Grades 1, 2 & 3 ~ Courtesy of Barbara (Leighton) Fulcher
Ustick Grade School Students 1936-37

Ustick Grade School Students 1943-44, Grades 7 & 8 ~ Courtesy of Barbara (Leighton) Fulcher
Ustick Grade School Students 1943-44

Smitchger farm and orchard on Ustick near Eagle Rd ~ Courtesy of Virgil Smitchger
Smitchger farm and orchard on Ustick near Eagle Rd

Smitchger farm dispensed eggs from an egg vending machine ~ Courtesy of Virgil Smitchger
Smitchger farm dispensed eggs through this egg vending machine

Farmhouse on Ustick near Eagle Rd ~ Courtesy of Virgil Smitchger
Farmhouse on Ustick near Eagle Rd

Farmhouse on Ustick near Eagle Rd ~ Courtesy of Virgil Smitchger
Farmhouse on Ustick near Eagle Rd

Ustick Guys ~ Courtesy of Virgil Smitchger
Ustick Guys

Sprayer Wagon ~ Courtesy of Virgil Smitchger
Sprayer Wagon

Ustick Guys and Gals ~ Courtesy of June Fitzgerald
Ustick Guys and Gals

Ustick Ladies 1912 ~ Courtesy of June Fitzgerald
Ustick Ladies

Driving down Ustick's Main Street ~ Courtesy of June Fitzgerald
Driving down Ustick's main street

Ustick Wagon Ride ~ Courtesy of June Fitzgerald
Ustick Wagon Ride

Ustick High Basket Ball Team ~ Courtesy of June Fitzgerald
Ustick High School Basket Ball Team

Church or School Group 1915 ~ Courtesy of June Fitzgerald
Church or School Group

Ustick High School Students c. 1915 ~ Courtesy of June Fitzgerald
Ustick High School Students

Ustick Merchantile c. 1918 ~ Courtesy of June Fitzgerald
Ustick Merchantile

Woman in front of Merchantile ~ Courtesy of June Fitzgerald
Woman in front of Ustick Merc

Group in front of home on Mumbarto Street ~ Courtesy of June Fitzgerald
Group in front of home on Mumbarto Street

Ustick Bank used as a warehouse ~ Cole Libary Glass Window
Ustick Bank used as a warehouse

Apple Orchard ~ Cole Libary Glass Window
Apple Orchard


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