The Boise Boundary

Boundaries: The boundaries of Boise Neighborhood shall be defined as follows: Western Boundaries are Interstate 5, East on Skidmore to Rodney, South on Rodney to Failing, East on Failing to Mallory, South on Mallory to Beech, East on Beech to MLK, South on MLK to Fremont, West on Fremont to Vancouver, South on Vancouver to Cook, West on Cook to the on-ramp to the Fremont Bridge, South on Kerby to Stanton to the intersection of Interstate 5. 

Our Name: Reuben Patrick Boise was a Portland school board member in the 1850s. He went on to become a circuit judge and then a member of the Oregon Supreme Court. See Blog post: "How Do You Pronounce Boise?" for more background.


Like all Portland neighborhoods, Boise has a complex and important history. Follow the links below to learn more.

Boise Neighborhood 1993 Plan

Boise Voices Oral History Project

Stories of the Street

Bleeding Albina: A History of Community Disinvestment, 1940–2000

Portland Civil Rights: Lift Ev'ry Voice

The History of Portland's African American Community (1805 to the Present)

Northeast Passage: The Inner City and the American Dream

Find even more on the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods history page.