Current Day Eagle, Idaho
The city of Eagle, Idaho is located near Boise and is nestled into the Boise foothills. It is a growing community with a small-town, country feel. The city is served with various public parks, a city library, and a historical museum amongst many businesses. Eagle is now platted at just over 29 square miles.
History of Eagle, Idaho
Like many cities in the Treasure Valley, Eagle was formed due to a gold rush to the Boise Basin in 1862. Some traveled to the region hoping to strike it rich mining, while others saw value in being able to provide for the miners' lifestyle by farming. Truman C. Catlin was a forefather of the city’s development. He claimed 160 acres in the 1860’s and named the island after the extensive number of bald eagles in the area. He also helped to build important irrigation systems.
From 1907-1915 an interurban trolley connected Eagle to surrounding cities. It was called the “Boise Valley Loop.”
The cities general store, Orville Jackson Drug Store, was run from 1922 to 1974 by Orville Jackson. The façade of the building is still in tact today.
Eagle Island State Park
Eagle, Idaho is home to the Eagle Island State Park which offers a beach, fishing, volleyball courts, eating areas, an 18-hole golf course, swimming complete with a water slide, and trails well-suited for hiking or horseback riding. The park boasts a vast 545 acres of recreational bliss! Pets are allowed on leash, non-motorized boats are welcome, and there is now a visitor’s center equipped with souvenirs and a life jacket loaner station. During the winter months, Gateway Parks operates a tubing, skiing, and snowboarding hill.
The Boise Greenbelt through Eagle
The Boise River Greenbelt is a 25-mile trail along the river that connects Lucky Peak Dam to about a mile past Eagle Road in Eagle, Idaho. It generously offers opportunities for biking, jogging, skating, Segway riding, and dog walking along a scenic trail. Being along the river, this trail through Eagle, Idaho accounts for 12 miles and is highly utilized for swimming and fishing.
Eagle also maintains four golf courses, offers whitewater kayaking, and mountain biking on a world-class bike park that has 85 acres of trails and BMX track.
"As of the census of 2010, there were 19,908 people, 7,069 households, and 5,585 families residing in the city. The population density was 688.4 inhabitants per square mile (265.8/km2). There were 7,570 housing units at an average density of 261.8 per square mile (101.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.4% White, 0.3% African American, 0.5% Native American, 1.6% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.0% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.7% of the population.
There were 7,069 households of which 41.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.9% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 21.0% were non-families. 17.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.20.
The median age in the city was 40.6 years. 30.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.3% were from 25 to 44; 30.3% were from 45 to 64; and 12.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.1% male and 50.9% female." - Source: Wikipedia
Additional Source: http://everythingeagle.net/pages/History_of_Eagle