Rising Above the Ashes: Idaho City Phoenix Day

Posted at 6:12 PM, Jun 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-11 20:21:11-04

It's been more than a year since a fire ruled as an arson completely destroyed several small businesses in the heart of Idaho City.

On Saturday, the mountain community came together to show visitors they have risen above the ashes.

They're hoping to build a strong future by kicking off an annual tradition during the first part of June called "Phoenix Day."

"A year ago on June 5th is when we lost our boardwalk," recalled Joyce Obland, director of the Boise Basin Interpretive Association.

Picking up the pieces from the devastating fire took some time but many of the business owners have since relocated and are now looking to a bright future. They're grateful the blaze didn't spread any farther than it did.

To show their gratitude, leaders of the Idaho City Chamber of Commerce made the fire department firefighters honorary members. It was their way of saying thanks.

"That volunteer fire department depends on the strength of its members," said Lisa Hanson, president of the Idaho City Chamber of Commerce. "They're great at responding, and they showed that response for the fire last year."

With the 2016 tourism season off to a good start, Hanson hopes the positive momentum continues to build.

"It is very important to us that we garner strength from the challenges that are placed before us and that we work together," Hanson said.

Part of the "Phoenix Day" event was a city-wide open house. Stopping in at the visitor's center is always a good place to start as they have ideas for activities that will keep you busy.

"We have great little stores but we offer hunting, fishing, dirt biking, recreation, camping... everything is right here in this area," Obland said.

Idaho City Chamber of Commerce members now plan to make "Phoenix Day" an annual event.