Meridian Business Signs
Meridian is a city located in the western region of the present-day U.S. state of Idaho. Prior to expansion by citizens of the United States, this area was inhabited by the Shoshoni people. As for Meridian, Idaho itself, the town was established in 1891 on the Onweiler Farm, which was located north of the city’s present site. Back then, this town was known as Hunter. Two years after this inauspicious establishment, a lodge for the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (a non-political and non-sectarian international fraternal order) was organized. This lodge was called Meridian due to its location on the Boise Meridian, and the town was subsequently renamed. Meridian, Idaho was officially incorporated in 1903.
Today, according to a 2016 report by the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of Meridian, Idaho has a total population of 95,623 people. This makes it the third most populous city in the state of Idaho, after Boise and Nampa. In fact, according to the Idaho Statesman, Meridian, Idaho “is the state’s fastest-growing city, with an 81.5 percent increase in population since 2000.” As for Meridian, Idaho’s metropolitan area, according to that same 2016 U.S. Census Bureau report, it has a total population of 624,000 people.
For many years, one of Meridian, Idaho’s most prominent economic features was the Ada County Dairymen’s Cooperative Creamery. The Ada County Dairymen’s Cooperative Creamery began operations in 1929, almost as soon as the Great Depression had fallen on the nation. Meridian, Idaho’s creamery “provided milk checks to those who were members of the cooperative, enabling them to pay their taxes and provide food for their families.” Additional community members, also employed there, brought milk to the creamery, which made Challenge Butter. This creamery ran 7 days a week for 40 years until it ceased local operations in 1970.
Modern day Meridian, Idaho serves as the location for the headquarters of Blue Cross of Idaho. Additionally, the Idaho State Police is based out of the city, with the Idaho State Police Academy as part of its local campus. Meridian, Idaho’s other large employer is Scentsy, which is a candle warmer company with corporate headquarters in the area.
Meridian, Idaho is also home to the Meridian Symphony Orchestra, which has been performing for the past 27 years. Meridian City Hall features the Initial Point Gallery on its third floor, where the public can enjoy its artistic contents without an entrance fee.
Meridian, Idaho’s Parks and Recreation Department manage 17 public parks throughout Meridian. These parks include Meridian Settlers Regional Park. Its more prominent sister, Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, is governed by the Bureau of Land Management. Established in 1993, this conservation area, according to Yahoo! Travel, “boasts one of the densest populations of nesting raptors.” This conservation area covers 484,873 acres in total.
Meridian, Idaho is home to no professional sporting franchises of note. The city does, however, feature The Meridian Speedway. Meridian Speedway is located within city limits, directly south of Old Town Meridian.
Are you, by any chance, the lucky owner of a small business in and/or around the Meridian, Idaho area? Have you ever thought about starting up such an exciting quest? The resources listed below may be able to aid you should you consider undertaking such a challenge:
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