It has been 85 years since The College of Idaho’s founding president, Dr. William Judson Boone, taught botany. Eighty-five years since the sun beat down upon his fedora-shaded face as he stood in the dusty Owyhee desert and slinked over to inspect and show his students the “ruts” of a plant. But Boone’s spirit—and the botanical prowess of the College—lives on.
On a warm June morning, several C of I students hopped into a van and headed toward the Boise Mountains. Their first stop was 55.6 miles away from Caldwell at Grimes Creek on Highway 21, near Idaho City.