History of the Meridian City

Meridian City is a flourishing community located amid the mountains and trails of eastern Idaho.

The city was founded on January 16, 1882. It was originally called Union Town because it was supposed to be the union point between Salt Lake City and Portland, Oregon (the railroad line met there). However, plans changed, so it never became a junction. James N. Glover, the General Manager of the Oregon Short Line Railroad (which later merged into Union Pacific), decided to establish a town along the railroad line and give it his wife’s name ‘Meridian’. The city is known for its high quality of life, employment opportunities, educational institutes and community atmosphere.

The city’s economy largely depends on the industries of health care, retail trade and education. The largest employer is Intermountain Healthcare, followed by Blue Cross of Idaho and Vance Brand Municipal Airport, respectively. Other large employers include the State of Idaho, Hewlett-Packard Co., Micron Technology Inc., Bonneville County School District, Idaho National Laboratory, and Meridian City.

Meridian has a long tradition in the aerospace industry with companies such as Sanders, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. Many high-tech firms have opened headquarters in Meridian in recent years, including Apple Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., Oracle Corp. etc.

The city is home to the largest shopping mall in Idaho, the Boise Towne Square Mall that houses 350 stores. The town is surrounded by high-tech companies and is well connected with a fibre-optic network.

The city has an abundance of high-quality schools for all ages, including technical colleges, known for their diversity in computer engineering, aerospace technology, health care services and law enforcement.

The city is an important centre for various festivals and trade shows in Idaho, including Basque Festival, Snake River Stampede, Albertsons Boise Open etc.

In recent years the city has been investing in infrastructures that include complete street renovations with attractive landscaping, renovation of libraries and parks and building of new schools and sports complexes.

One of the major attractions in Meridian is its dedication to the community, with many cultural events such as Mardi Gras, Easter Egg Hunt, Annual Art Show, Autumn Harvest etc.

The city has also been recognized for its sustainable development practices by various national organizations, including Alliant Energy’s Smart Grid Demonstration Project, Gaining Traction, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program, Energy Star for Cities etc.

The city is also known for its beautiful parks, including Wallace Riverfront Park, a popular location for recreational activities.

According to statistics published by the Greater Meridian Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the population of Meridian City in 2012 was approximately 88,000, and the average annual growth rate has been maintained at 7.9% for the last 15 years.