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Meridian City

Ada County, Idaho

Meridian City Hall is located at 33 East Broadway Avenue, Meridian, ID 83642.
Phone: 208‑888‑4433.

Tolleth House House

Photo: The Tolleth House House circa 1907, located at 134 East State Avenue. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996. Photographed by User: Tamanoeconomico own work), 2018, [cc-4.0], via Wikimedia Commons, accessed August, 2021.

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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