The history of Idaho is very much intertwined with the history of our highways and roads. Early pioneers built the Gem State by carving highways and byways into our diverse landscape. From rolling hills, fertile plains, and lush meadows, to stark desert and rugged mountains, highways connect them all.
You now have the opportunity to uncover that early highway history – Idaho’s heritage -- through a free online archive of more than 30,000 historical images.
ITD’s free photo collection is at itd.idaho.gov/photohistory.
Accessing the photos is simple. Just go to the site, enter your search criteria (name and location of the photo you want), then download the results in whatever size you need. Here's a link to a short video that will walk you through the process.
Many of the pictures were scanned from old slides without much information, so please send a note to Pauline Davis if you have any more details about any of the historic photos you find on the site.
ITD will unveil the collection site to the public in May, which is Historic Preservation Month. The department will roll out the new site in news releases to the public and at an event hosted at Boise City Hall May 10.