Boise, Idaho was one of those dream trips for me. Having grown up in the Southeast of the United States, Idaho is one of those states you learn where it is on the map and that’s pretty much it. To quote my son when asked ‘what do you want me to bring you from Boise?’ he shrugged and after a few seconds said ‘potatoes?’. I really had no idea what to expect which is the best case scenario as I go into the city completely ready to experience the city without any preconceived notions and I was completely blown away. I think I took over 700 pictures! One of my favorite discoveries was the Pioneer Tent and Awning Company Building:History: In downtown Boise there is a large white horse atop a building built in 1910 for the Pioneer Tent and Awning Company. For 62 years the building sold everything from tents and canvas, to sporting goods and saddles. In 1972, the building was bought by Joan Davidson Carley, who began collecting historic storefronts in the neighborhood. Today restaurants are operating out of this historic building which has housed both minstrel shows and the first two sessions of the Territorial Legislature.
I had to do a double take to see that a Jimmy John’s was occupying a space here. It looks out of place!The details on this building got my attention:This building is a historic landmark of Idaho. Proof:No idea what is going on with this ampersand:Why is there a pig bbq out front?Hi pig!The back of the horse sign which can be seen from one side of the building: