As Boise prospered as a commercial center in the late 19th century, rail spurs were provided off the main frontage tracks and the South Eighth Street Historic District's settlement patterns were shaped by these railroad sidings which passed through its 40 foot wide alleys. The resulting commercial/ industrial subdivision was the first such development in the city. The warehouses were largely built between 1902 and 1915 to serve wholesalers who supplied goods to southwest Idaho and the surrounding region.
Although the district has largely transitioned into a commercial/office area, the alley access and loading docks still provide a visual testament to its warehouse origins.
- 1978: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
- 1982: Designated as a local historic district by Boise City