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Lewiston Evening Teller Archive

  • Lewiston, Idaho
  • 19031908

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Lewiston, Idaho, originated as a northern mining and trading community along a steamboat route from Portland and was named Idaho's territorial capital in 1863. However, it did not hold that distinction for very long. By 1864, Lewiston began to decline, while the new southern settlement of Boise, located at the junction of the Oregon Trail and key mining routes, began to thrive. In the December 1864 legislative session, Idaho's Governor Caleb Lyon signed a capital relocation bill. In response, the citizens of Lewiston threatened to detain Lyon in Lewiston as well as confiscate the territorial archives and seal. The governor, fearing for his life, abandoned his position, and the archives and state seal were seized and delivered to Boise with armed escort. An 1866 Territorial Supreme Court split decision officially settled the capital question in Boise's favor.

Archive Info

  • 9,350
  • Lewiston, Idaho
  • 19031908

Source Information

Lewiston Evening Teller, 1903–1908 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2024. Last updated: March 7, 2023

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Margaret Reid pays $50 for land?

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Archive Info

  • 9,350
  • Lewiston, Idaho
  • 19031908

Source Information

Lewiston Evening Teller, 1903–1908 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2024. Last updated: March 7, 2023