Meridian is located in Ada County, west of Boise. It is the 2nd largest city in the state of Idaho. The corporate headquarters of one of the area’s major employers, Scentsy, is located in Meridian as well as Blue Cross of Idaho, Idaho State Police, and the state police academy.
Family entertainment overflows at the local water park, Roaring Springs. Sitting right next door is Wahooz, offering year-round go carts, bumper boats, miniature golf, batting cages, laser tag, bowling, an arcade and grill. The Meridian Speedway is another fun summer attraction for the city.
The Village at Meridian is an outdoor shopping mall featuring specialty retail stores, restaurants, an upscale movie theater with private seating, a fitness center, arcade/ bowling, and an outdoor ice rink (winter). Relax in the ample outdoor seating, run through the playground or gather around the fountain showcasing water displays every hour with lights and music. Throughout the city lies 17 public parks including Settlers Park, which hosts free outdoor movies during the summer months.
The Meridian Youth Farmers Market is held at the city hall plaza on Saturdays, 9am-12pm, from the end of June – end of September. The market offers locally grown produce, homemade goodies and handmade arts and crafts.
HISTORY OF MERIDIAN
Meridian’s earliest settlers lived along Five Mile Creek where there was running water most of the year. The first school opened in 1885. The U.S. Postal Service soon established a mail drop along the railroad line, which was named “Hunter” after its superintendent. The center of activity
began to move closer to the railroad as the trading center. In 1893, an Order of Odd Fellows chapter was established and adopted the name “Meridian” for its lodge, in recognition of Idaho’s principle surveyor’s meridian, which runs along Meridian Road as it passes through town.
Established in 1893, Meridian was incorporated as a village in 1903 with a population of approximately 200 and a bustling business center. A creamery was built in 1897, and other dairy-related businesses followed, as Meridian established itself as a dairy center for the state. This part of the community’s history is still celebrated annually during Meridian Dairy Days celebrated annually in June. Dairy Days has been observed in one form or another since 1929.
Many of the early settlers planted large fruit orchards, and through the 1940’s Meridian was the home of a large fruit growing, packing and shipping industry. Local apiaries were among the largest in the nation, as bees were necessary to the fruit growing industry. These and other early agricultural industries were later joined by businesses connected with the timber and housing industries.
The Interurban electric railway connected Meridian with other Treasure Valley towns in 1908 and provided convenient public transportation, as well as a means for shipping milk to the creameries and hauling fruit to market. This convenience lasted until 1928.
Meridian has been the fastest growing city in Idaho since 1994, with the population tripling between 1990 and 2000, and more than doubling between 2000 and 2007. It has become a center of retail and commercial development in southwest Idaho. The City’s convenient access to I-84, Highway 55, and the railroad combine to make it an ideal location for new businesses of many types. It truly is the “Center of the Treasure Valley”.
Meridian retains its small town friendliness and style of living, offering many recreational and community amenities. It is a thriving, growing community with hundreds of retail merchants, professional services, and clean industries that truly make it a community that’s “Built for Business, Designed for Living.”