Assay Office (Boise, Idaho)
Assay Office in Boise, Idaho, USA
|Location||210 Main Street, Boise, Idaho|
|Area||2 acres (0.81 ha)|
|Architect||Alfred B. Mullett; John R. McBride|
|NRHP reference No.||66000305|
|Added to NRHP||October 15, 1966|
|Designated NHL||May 30, 1961|
The Assay Office is a historic building at 210 Main Street in Boise, Idaho. It is significant for its role in the history of mining in Idaho, and was the first major federal government building in the Idaho Territory. During the first half of the 1860s, Idaho's gold production was the third highest in the nation. Due to the difficulty of transporting bulky, heavy ores the long distance to the nearest U.S. Mint in San Francisco, there was great demand for an assaying office in Idaho. Gold and other precious metals are not mined in a pure form. In order to place a value on an ore, the precious metal must be separated from the impurities. This is what an assay office does.
- "Assay Office". NPGallery. National Park Service. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
- "Assay Office". National Historic Landmarks Program. National Park Service. Archived from the original on January 10, 2008. Retrieved February 2, 2008.
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- Anna Webb (February 7, 2013). "150 Boise Icons: Old Assay Office". The Idaho Statesman. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
- Arthur Hart (November 13, 2017). "Boise's Assay Office played an important role for the whole nation". The Idaho Statesman. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
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