Spaulding Ranch Historic District

Barn at Spaulding Ranch historic district.

The historic Almon W. and Mary E. Spaulding Farmstead, also known as "Spaulding Ranch," is located at 3805 N. Cole Road. It consists of approximately 20 acres containing nine structures, agricultural fields, and landscape features.

The farmstead is significant for its association with the early settlement and development of Boise. As the last full visual testament to the early history of Boise's West Bench, it provides a reminder of the area's agricultural legacy. What was once all rural, farmland has long been consumed by Boise's creeping urban development, but the Spaulding Ranch continues to stand as a record of our past.

The ranch has added significance as the home of Boise's first female doctor/surgeon, Dr. Mary E. Spaulding, who homesteaded the property with her husband starting in 1896.

Park Site

Spaulding Ranch was acquired by the City of Boise in early 2016 and is the first property of its kind in Boise Parks and Recreation’s inventory.

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Spaulding Ranch Historic District At-a-Glance

Historic Designations

  • 1995: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
  • 1995: Designated as a local historic district by Boise City.

Unique Characteristics

  • 20 acres, nine structures, agricultural fields, landscape features

Design Goals

  • Historic Preservation - Analyze historic significance of the site and tell the story of Boise's past and early settlement of the West.
  • Education and Interpretation - Design an active park that neighbors use on a daily basis and is a regional draw.
  • Community Connections - Encourage people to visit and re-visit the park.

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