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Situated in the northwest corner of the Treasure Valley, Middleton is a beautiful little community of about 6000 residents. The city is popular with families seeking a small-town feel within a short drive to the more populated areas of the Boise-Nampa metro district. The area is easily commutable given its proximity to the 1-84 freeway corridor, and lies only 20 miles from Boise. Middleton has grown with the rest of the Treasure Valley over the past 15 years, more than doubling in size from about 2900 people in 2000. Despite its growth, Middleton retains a small-town, rural feel with pastures and farm land surrounding the town.
Homes in Middleton are more affordable than the Treasure Valley cities and areas to its east, with average prices in 2015 at about $180,000, and approximately $80 per square foot which is equal to the average price per foot in the state. The earliest settlement in Canyon County, Middleton has homes from the late 1800s to new subdivisions still under development. Homes range in size from small starter homes to large estates on acreage. While the city is just over 5 square miles, the effective residential development of Middleton is quite expansive, spreading from Star on the east side to the I-84 freeway bordering Caldwell on the west side.
Middleton holds many community events throughout the year including a Christmas parade, Fall craft fairs, Easter egg hunt, July 4th celebrations and fireworks, and many other events. The Optimist Club shows free movies in the park weekly throughout the summer. For outdoor enthusiasts, hunting, fishing, hiking, skiing, boating, and rafting are all within a short drive.
As the oldest settlement in Canyon County, and one of the oldest in the state, Middleton has a long and fascinating history. The area was originally developed as the mid-point between the Old Fort Boise and Keeney's Ferry on the Snake River. The land which makes up Middleton was parceled out in 1863. The area had a stage stop along the Oregon Trail in the mid 1800s, and a post office as early as 1866.
The Ward Massacre - In 1854, local Indians attacked a wagon train travelling from Missouri along the Oregon trail near the Middleton area, killing 18 of the 20 emigrants. The event is memorialized by a park and monument just east of Middleton road.
In 1872, the Boise River Flooded resulting in a new channel of the river isolating the original Middleton settlement on an island. The city was then relocated to the north in the years following 1880. Other memorable events from Middleton's colorful past include the 1914 fire that destroyed the town's hotel and the 1926 bank robbery, from which the bandit escaped with $1800 and was never apprehended. More recently, in 2007 the Middleton High School burned down, the result of an overheated fan above the weight room.
Today, Middleton, with the motto "Balancing Tradition and Progress" is a growing, family-friendly community that holds fast to its small-town roots and warm hometown feeling.
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