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Meridian City


Meridian City Hall is located at 33 East Broadway Avenue, Meridian, ID 83642; phone: 208-888-4433.

Beginnings [1]

Meridian began developing around 1893. By 1903 the population had grown to 200 and Meridian was incorporated as a village. A creamery was built in 1897, followed soon by other dairy-related businesses. Meridian subsequently became the dairy center for the State of Idaho.

From its early days, through the 1940s, Meridian was home to a large fruit growing, packing and shipping industry. Here were found large apiaries as bees were vital to a successful fruit-growing industry.

An interurban electric railway connected Meridian to other area towns and provided a convenient means for hauling milk and fruit to various market centers.

Meridian was the fastest growing city in Idaho, with population increasing 300% from 1990-2000, and more than 200% from 2000-2007. It is now [2011] southwest Idaho's center for commercial and retail development.

  1. History of Meridian, www.ci.meridian.id.us, accessed May, 2011.
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