Three Traffic Signal Box “History Wraps” Installed in Downtown Lewiston this Fall
Lewiston, ID— Three new “History Wraps” have been installed on traffic signal boxes in downtown Lewiston. The beautification project is the result of a “Town and Gown” partnership that was brought to fruition thanks to grants from the Idaho Humanities Council, the Lewis Clark Association of Realtors, Visit LC Valley, and generous community members who donated to a 2018 crowdfunding campaign that raised $2,500.
The four new signal box wraps are located at the following intersections:
- Main Street and 9th Street: Features the history of the 9th Street Grade’s Depression-era construction, the Masonic Temple & Opera House, and Casey’s Dance Club
- D Street and 5th Street: Features the history of the now Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts & History, the Lewiston City Library, and the history of the Chinese in Lewiston Lewiston’s historic Chinese population
- D Street and 3rd Street: Features the historic Bollinger Building, destroyed by fire in 1994, the Lewiston Fire Department, and the Bell Building
“Each signal box wrap is specific to its location,” noted Courtney Kramer, BDL Executive Director, in a press release. “In addition to preventing graffiti, the wraps convey our community’s unique history through text and photos. Thanks to funding from Visit LC Valley, we were able to include a wayfinding map on each signal box to help visitors find their way between downtown destinations and free public parking lots on D and F Streets.”
Content for each “History Wrap” was developed in the spring of 2017 by Lewis-Clark State College students enrolled in Dr. Amy Canfield’s “Public History” course. Dr. Canfield and Kramer will repeat the “Town and Gown” partnership in the spring of 2020, when Dr. Canfield’s class will develop content for a mural depicting women integral to the adoption of the 19th’ Amendment, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary in August 2020.
The three new wraps join two others installed in 2018, at the corners of Main and 3rd Street and Main and 5th Street.