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First named Hunter in 1898, the name changed after the Meridian Lodge was built. The name change was the result of the townsite being laid out on the Boise Meridian, the prime north-south line from which all lands in Idaho are surveyed. Despite a disastrous fire that devoured the lodge in 1923, the incorporated city held its own and established a reputation as Idaho’s dairy capital. At one time, the city claimed to have more cows per acre than any other region in America! Today, suburban sprawl from Boise has eaten up much of the farmland, and Meridian has joined its capitol city neighbor as part of Idaho’s fastest growing region.

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