Welcome to Atlanta
“By 1864, Boise Basin and Boise Valley had become southern strongholds … Unhappy with the way the war was going, Idaho’s Confederate majority showed little sympathy for those who favored Abraham Lincoln and the United States.”¹
It was with this sentiment that the town was named in celebration of the Civil War battle over Atlanta, Georgia. The name stuck even after residents learned the inspiring news of Confederate victory had been fake. In fact, the North took Atlanta.
¹ Idaho State Historical Society, “Placer Mining in Southern Idaho, 1862-1864,” No. 166 (1980): history.idaho.gov/sites/default/files/uploads/reference-s...