Fireworks, parades, hamburgers and hotdogs, this might be what you think of when it comes to the fourth of July. Of course, Independence Day has a lot more significance than that. If anything, it’s an excuse to look back on our history and appreciate those who came before us. That’s one of the goals of the Biggest Show in Idaho and that is why they have incorporated their festivities with the Fort Hall Replica.
Independence Day is all about our heritage. Today, we’ll reflect back on how our country became what it is today. Here in Idaho we are also celebrating the 150 year anniversary of becoming a US territory.
“A man by the name of Wallace was in the area and he knew that gold and silver had been discovered in the Idaho area,” said Gerald Waggoner of the Fort Hall Replica. “He was a personal friend of Abraham Lincoln. He went back and talked to Abraham Lincoln and said you need to get that signed into a US Territory so the money from those mines can come to us with the Civil War effort.”
It’s hard to imagine a more fitting place to celebrate this occasion than at the Fort Hall Replica. It’s a place where our history comes to life.
“It is a live museum basically,” said Waggoner. “It is an exact copy of the original fort when it was in operation. The size is the same.”
The Fort Hall Replica is open seven days a week during the summer.