Boise Barracks Ordnance Removal Reports, 1997-2002  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
United States. Army. Corps of Engineers;
Title
Boise Barracks Ordnance Removal Reports
Dates
1997-2002 (inclusive)
Quantity
1.0 linear feet, (2)
Collection Number
MSS 300
Summary
Reports issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, and contract consultants regarding the use and storage of explosive ordnance at Boise Barracks in the 19th and 20th centuries by the U.S. Army and Idaho National Guard, with plans for removal of ordnance from and environmental restoration of the firing ranges on the Barracks reserve and adjacent areas of the Boise foothills; together with minutes of the local Restoration Advisory Board meetings. The studies were conducted under the Defense Environmental Restoration Program for Formerly Used Defense Sites.
Repository
Boise State University Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
1910 University Drive
Boise ID
83725
Telephone: 208-426-3958
archives@boisestate.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is available for research.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities


Historical NoteReturn to Top

In 1986, Congress established the Defense Environmental Restoration Program directing the Secretary of Defense to "carry out a program of environmental restoration at facilities under the jurisdiction of the Secretary." The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was assigned the responsibility for formerly-used defense sites, one of which was Boise Barracks in Boise, Idaho.

First occupied by the U.S. Army in 1863, Fort Boise was established to protect travelers on the Oregon Trail. Almost immediately the city of Boise sprang up near the fort, spurred by the discovery of gold in the nearby mountains. That same year Congress created the Idaho Territory, and a year later the booming little town of Boise became its capital. In 1873 a military reservation surrounding the fort was formally set apart from the public domain and the fort was renamed Boise Barracks. Boise Barracks was an active Army post until 1913. In 1919 the principal structures on the post were turned over to the Public Health Service for use as a veterans hospital. The Idaho National Guard also used part of the reservation for military purposes. The Army returned briefly during World War II, but after the war Boise Barracks' military use came to an end. The hospital continued (now the Veterans Administration Medical Center); a Federal Building was constructed on a corner of the site; and much of the reservation was transferred to the city of Boise for use as a park. Throughout its history the U.S. Army and the Idaho National Guard used and stored explosives and ordnance on the site. There were a number of firing ranges on the reservation, including an anti-aircraft firing range during World War II. The purpose of the reports in this collection was to identify the use of ordnance and explosives at Boise Barracks and formulate plans for the removal of potentially dangerous materials (such as unexploded shells) within the bounds of the old reservation and surrounding areas in the Boise foothills.

N.B. The U.S. Army's Fort Boise, adjacent to the city of Boise, should not be confused with another Fort Boise, a non-military fur-trading post operated by the Hudson's Bay Company in the 1830s, 40s, and 50s. The Hudson's Bay Company trading post was located on the Boise River many miles downstream from the site of the U.S. Army's Fort Boise/Boise Barracks.

Historical information derived from Archives Search Report, Box 1.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Reports issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, and contract consultants regarding the use and storage of explosive ordnance at Boise Barracks in the 19th and 20th centuries by the U.S. Army and Idaho National Guard, with plans for removal of ordnance from and environmental restoration of the firing ranges on the Barracks reserve and adjacent areas of the Boise foothills; together with minutes of the local Restoration Advisory Board meetings. The studies were conducted under the Defense Environmental Restoration Program for Formerly Used Defense Sites.

The Boise Barracks Ordnance Removal Reports consists of five reports issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, and contract consultants working for them regarding the use and storage of ordnance and explosives at Boise Barracks in the 19th and 20th centuries, together with plans for their removal from and environmental restoration of affected areas on the Barracks reserve and adjacent areas of the Boise foothills. The collection also contains minutes of the local Restoration Advisory Board, formed to offer the community's perspectives on the restoration work. The Archives Search Report contains photocopies of historic documents relevant to the history of the Boise Barracks.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[item description], Boise Barracks Ordnance Removal Reports, Box [number] Folder [number], Boise State University Special Collections and Archives.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1-2 Defense Environmental Restoration Program for Formerly Used Defense Sites, Ordnance and Explosives, Chemical Warfare Materials, Archives Search Report 1997
1 3-5 Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis Work Plan 1999
1 6-7 Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis April 2000
2 1-2 Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis August 2000
2 3-5 Final Work Plan for Ordnance and Explosive (OE) Removal Action 2002
2 6 Restoration Advisory Board Meeting Minutes 1999
2 7 Restoration Advisory Board 1999-2000
2 8 Communication to the Public 1999
2 9 Community Relations Plan
2 10 History of the Former Boise Army Barracks 1999

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Boise Barracks Military Reserve (Idaho)
  • Idaho. National Guard
  • Military bases--Environmental aspects--United States
  • Ordnance--Idaho
  • United States. Army--Facilities--Environmental aspects