Eagle may be the only city in the arid American West that was first settled on an island. Four young miners left Idaho’s gold fields in 1863 to farm what is today called Eagle Island, between the Boise River’s north and south channels. Not easily accessed by Indian raiding parties, the island also allowed ready irrigation of the first croplands. It was an island farming couple, Tom and Mary Aiken, who founded the village of Eagle on the north “mainland”
An interurban trolley in 1907 greatly stimulated the growth of the township which became a service and food processing center for a large, rural hinterland. Nevertheless, Eagle was still a small farming town when it finally incorporated in 1971. During subsequent decades though it was transformed by explosive growth and upscale development into one of the wealthiest communities in the Pacific Northwest.
Golf courses, hobby farms, a preoccupation with the arts, and foothill vineyards all attest to Eagle’s modern affluence. However, this history largely focuses on Eagle’s modest agricultural yesteryear.
Highlights of Eagle include:
• Eagle Island Beginnings
• Townships and Transportation on the North Shore
• Arid Land Watered by Ditches
• Processing an Abundant Harvest
• From Blacksmithing to Industry
• Business in Orville Jackson’s Tall Shadow
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