Welcome to the Albion Valley Historical
Society web site. Here you will find a collection of written and audio
tales concerning the history of this area. In addition, we have
collected a number of pictures, maps and other information that we think
you will find interesting. This site will always be a work in progress
as new stories and pictures are added. Come back and visit often.
Organization Information about this organization.
This organization was founded in 2001 and is
governed by a number of volunteers from the Albion area. The membership
is open to anyone, and donations are always accepted. The Albion Valley
is steeped in history and it is important that we never lose it. We
should all play a part in this endeavor. Your contributions and
donations will help in our effort to grow, improve and preserve the
heritage of the Albion Valley. Future generations will thank
History of the Albion Valley.
The history of this area begins in about 1864
when trappers first came into the valley. The Albion Valley was called
the Marsh Creek Valley at that time, and the town site was referred to
as Marsh Basin. Prospectors followed, combing the Albion Mountains
for gold and silver. Mr. R. N. Howell and his family came in 1868
locating their home 3 miles from the present town site. During this
time, Col. Rice L. Wood, also built a house on Howell Creek southeast of
the present town site. More.....
Albion State Normal School
History of ASNS
When there was talk of
creating two Idaho state normal schools for the training of elementary school
teachers, Albion went all out to be the site of one of them. The town's
proposal beat out those of larger and more logical sites. On March 7,
1893, the Idaho Legislature created Albion State Normal School. A few
weeks later Josiah E. Miller deeded 5 acres of land to the State of
Idaho for the creation of a campus for the new school.