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Space Shuttle Monument

Historical Information:

Original Idaho Capitol Mall Space Shuttle monument (photo provided by George W. Fuhriman) 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.

Original Idaho Capitol Mall Space Shuttle monument (photo provided by George W. Fuhriman) 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.


1988 Monument Dedication Ceremony Pamphlet:

Program cover, original monument dedication ceremony, 27 May 1988 (document provided by George W. Fuhriman) Program 2nd page, original monument dedication ceremony, 27 May 1988 (document provided by George W. Fuhriman) Program 3rd page, original monument dedication ceremony, 27 May 1988 (document provided by George W. Fuhriman)

Current Monument:


Space Shuttle monument, north side

Idaho Capitol Mall Space Shuttle monument, south side

Idaho Capitol Mall Space Shuttle monument

Idaho Capitol Mall Space Shuttle monument


Idaho Capitol Mall Space Shuttle monument, detail (photo by Curt Kelley)

Idaho Capitol Mall Space Shuttle monument, detail (photo by Curt Kelley)

Idaho Capitol Mall Space Shuttle monument, Teacher in Space plaque

Idaho Capitol Mall Space Shuttle monument, Apollo plaque


Idaho Capitol Mall Space Shuttle monument, Boy Scouts plaque

Idaho Capitol Mall Space Shuttle monument, Columbia plaque

2010 Monument Rededication Ceremony Pamphlet:

Program cover, current monument rededication ceremony, 16 October 2010 (document provided by George W. Fuhriman) Program 2nd page, current monument rededication ceremony, 16 October 2010 (document provided by George W. Fuhriman) Program 3rd page, current monument rededication ceremony, 16 October 2010 (document provided by George W. Fuhriman) Program 4th page, current monument rededication ceremony, 16 October 2010 (document provided by George W. Fuhriman)


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

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