Nampa in 1906
Get To Know NampaNampa, ID was incorporated in 1890 and has deep roots in Southwest Idaho's agricultural history. It sprung up initially as a railroad town as a key stop through the Treasure Valley; the historic train startion is now a museum in the heart of downtown. Today, Nampa has a population of about 90,000 people.
Some interesting things about Nampa:
- The origin of the word "nampa" is unknown, but is likely from a Shoshone word for "mocassin" or "footprint."
- Just south of town is Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge, which was founded in 1909 by Theodore Roosevelt.
- The streets can be confusing: when first created, the city grid was based on the straight lines of the railroad tracks, which do not run true north-south. As a result, many of the streets in Nampa have a large curve to correct for the directional discrepancy in later planning phases.
- Are those potatoes? Nope. You may see large trucks carrying what look like potatoes; they are actually sugar beets! Nampa is home to a large factory for the Amalgamated Sugar Company, which makes granulated sugar out of sugar beets.
- Lakeview Park, which you will likely pass as you head through town coming from and going to the freeway, used to actually be a lake. It was drained in the 1920s because of frequent flooding.
- Seattle, WA to Nampa: 480 miles
- Portland, OR to Nampa: 415 miles
- Salt Lake City, UT to Nampa: 350 miles
- Helena, MT to Nampa: 500 miles
- Yellowstone National Park to Nampa: 400 miles
- Canadian Border (approx.) to Nampa: 500 miles
Looking for food? Here's where to eat:
Blimpie Subs & Salads
Cold Stone Creamery
Idaho Pizza Company
Jack In the Box
Rigoberto's Mexican Grill
Sit Down Affairs
Brick 29 Bistro
Buffalo Wild Wings
Chapala Mexican Restaurant
LeBaron's (Honker) Cafe
The Nest (breakfast and lunch)
Smoky Mountain Pizza & Pasta
Worth the Drive
Boise Fry Co.
Flatbread Community Oven
Flying Pie Pizzeria