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Boise, Idaho: Golden George Washington

It took Charles Ostner, who was a toll bridge operator, four years, working after dark by torchlight, to carve this equestrian statue out of a ponderosa pine tree. It was later covered in gold.

Address:
700 W. Jefferson St., Boise, ID
Directions:
On the fourth floor of the Idaho State Capitol, outside Statuary Hall.
Hours:
M-F 8-5, Sa 9-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
208-332-1012
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Golden George Washington.

Golden George Washington

Carved of Idaho wood and given to the then-territory of Idaho in 1869.

[Ryan C., 08/18/2023]

It took Charles Ostner, who was a toll bridge operator, four years, working after dark by torchlight, to carve this equestrian statue out of a ponderosa pine tree. He used a postage stamp of Washington to model the head. A monument in Garden Valley marks the spot formerly occupied by the tree.

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