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Idaho Capitol Mall History:
Space Shuttle Monument

 

 

Historical Information:

 

In 1986 three teenaged Eagle Scout candidates in Boise, Idaho (Ralston Fuhriman, Timothy Fuhriman, and Jeremy Fuhriman) began preparations for a memorial monument to be installed in the Idaho State Capitol Mall. On 27 May 1988 the completed monument was dedicated. The north face of the monument featured a plaque dedicated to the astronauts who perished in the Apollo I fire on 27 January 1967. The south face plaque was dedicated to the astronauts who perished in the Challenger explosion on 28 January 1986. The west face plaque commemorated the Teacher-in-Space program. The east face plaque commemorated the 75 years of the Boy Scouts of America. Inside the monument, a time capsule was created to be opened on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Boy Scouts of America.

In 2010, Eagle Scout candidates Brant R. Fuhriman and Diego Peña IV restored and rededicated the monument, adding plaques recognizing the Columbia space shuttle tragedy of 2003 as well as the 100th anniversary of Boy Scouts of America. The original time capsule was opened, and a new capsule built into the new monument, to be opened on the 50th anniversary of the Columbia tragedy.

 

Original Monument:

1988 Monument Dedication Ceremony Pamphlet:

Current Monument:

2010 Monument Rededication Ceremony Pamphlet:


Many thanks to George Fuhriman, who provided valuable historical information and photos that made this page possible.

More in the Idaho Capitol Mall History series:

 Abraham Lincoln StatueMeeker Oregon Trail Monument - Space Shuttle Monument