Nampa was founded in 1886 after the Oregon Short Line Railroad built a line through the area. As more railroads were built, the town grew; it was incorporated in 1891. Nampa’s origin as a railroad town explains its unique layout, with main roads paralleling the original railroad tracks, rather than running north and south.
Modern-day Nampa is the largest city in Canyon County, with a population of 81,557. It is located 20 miles west of Boise and is home to many local sporting and entertainment events, including the Snake River Rodeo.