SMALL TOWN LIVING
Star’s growth declined with the closure of the Boise & Interurban in 1928. Another setback came in 1929 when the town was dis-incorporated. that year the state paved the highway east and west of Star to the city limits. Star would have had to pay for the pavement through the city. The farmers made so much disturbance about their taxes, which would have been raised to build the highway, that the city charter was turned back and the highway became the property of the state. On December 12, 1997, the Ada County Commission approved an order, proclamation and resolution establishing the geographic boundaries of Ada counties newest city. a mayor and six member city council were also appointed. Making the City of Star the first city to be incorporated in Ada county since 1971. Over the past years the population of Star has stayed at around 500–about the same as it was early in the century. In recent years the population has grown and the 2000 census reports it at 1795 people. Star remains the trading center of a working community which earns its living for the most part from the soil. A number of Star buildings have been host to fire. In 1959, fire destroyed the Hadley Hardware and Implement Company’s building and grain mill. The Star Fire District was formed in 1955 with a new fire station built in the 1980s. Today, Star maintains its rural character, being located 16 miles northwest of Boise, six miles west of Eagle, 7 miles east of Middleton, 9 miles north of Nampa, and 16 miles south of Emmett. The river valley provides impressive views of the Boise foothills to the north and the Owyhee mountains to the south.
The lowlands along the Boise River provide Star with a very flat topography allowing for numerous irrigation systems. Among these systems, the earliest to be installed was the Pioneer Canal, which dates from the 1860’s. Others included the Lawrence Kennedy Canal on the south side of star and the Middleton Canal on the north. The Canon Canal head gate is located on the Boise River just upstream from the star Bridge. By the early 1880’s, the land surrounding Star was being enclosed and larger crops were sown. S. S. Gray enclosed and plowed 140 acres, as did Henry Hill, 80 acres; D. Williams, 100 acres; Joseph Ayres, 125 acres, and Samuel McDowell, 90 acres. The area’s surrounding farms have supported diversified farming, with the soil and climate being especially favorable. Principle crops have included alfalfa and sugar beets as well as grains such as wheat and oats which yield abundantly. The pioneers also planted fruit trees.
In the early 1900s, Main Street periodically served as a race track. Horse races were a big event with most everyone on hand and often followed by a baseball game. Impromptu races down Main Street were not limited to specific holidays but could arise from on-the-spot challenges. Other activities included a weekly debating society where issues of the day such as railroads, Sunday laws, and women’s rights were discussed. also, there was a literary society, Star School sporting events, and skating rink. An evening outing for a party of young people included chartering a trolley excursion to Boise and back. Star Trading Days were stock sales held every third Saturday of each month.
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