History of Star, Idaho
One of the first communities in the Boise Valley, Star, was established around 1863 when an irrigation ditch was dug. Farming began to develop along the river and helped to sustain the needs of travelers and miners heading from Middleton to Boise. The fertile and flat land around the Boise River successfully grew alfalfa, sugar beets, grains, oats and orchards.
As Star expanded, it became more than just a stopping point for miners and pioneers headed to the Boise Basin. A post office was added in 1880 as well as a general store. By the late 1880’s there were also two blacksmiths shops, a school house, two churches, a hotel and a small number of settlers/farmers.
The first school house had a star nailed to it which was often referenced by those using it as a landmark to get to Boise or to find a nearby hotel. Eventually, this birthed the city's name, Star. The city incorporated in 1907 and became the second largest town, after Boise, boasting a whopping population of 500. The railroad assisted in growing the town by offering services from Boise to Caldwell. The railway also brought electricity to the town.
As the automobile became a more viable way to travel, the need for rail services drastically declined until rail services shut down in 1928. This led to the decline of development in Star.
At one point, a branch of the Oregon Trail passed through Star which connected Boise to Caldwell. The historic Star Cemetery is home to a number of pioneers who died along the Oregon Trail.
Current Day Star, Idaho
Star hosts an annual Hometown 4th of July Celebration including a talent show, live music, fireworks and parade. Star, Idaho has several parks including Blake Haven Park (4 acres), dog-friendly Westpointe Park (2.4 acre), River Park and Walking Path (4.76 acres which includes a nature trail suitable for fishing and picnics), and Hunters Creek Sport Complex (18.04 acres which featuring fields for baseball, soccer, football, and skateboarding).
The mayor holds a golf tournament annually which collects proceeds go to benefiting a student scholarship fund.
“As of the census of 2010, there were 5,793 people, 1,927 households, and 1,551 families residing in the city. The population density was 995.4 inhabitants per square mile (384.3/km2). There were 2,098 housing units at an average density of 360.5 per square mile (139.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.5% White, 0.6% African American, 0.8% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 2.1% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.7% of the population.
There were 1,927 households of which 49.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.7% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 19.5% were non-families. 15.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.00 and the average family size was 3.33.
The median age in the city was 32.3 years. 34.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 30.7% were from 25 to 44; 21.4% were from 45 to 64; and 7.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.2% male and 50.8% female.”
Star is a small town, totaling just under six square miles, some of which is over water. It is considered a high desert and is part of the collective Treasure Valley in Southwest Idaho. It is located 16 miles from Boise, so residents can appreciate amenities of the near-by capital city. In 2016, the Census reported the Star’s population had expanded dramatically to almost 8,000 people averaging in age of 32. Home ownership accounts for 72% of residents."
Sources Include: https://staridaho.us/