Nampa, ID 83651
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Nampa is the
largest city in Canyon County, Idaho, and
the second largest in the state. Only the
capital city Boise is larger. As of the 2005
census, the Nampa population was around
78,000. Nampa's population has grown very
quickly in recent years, being one of the
fastest-growing cities in Idaho.
Nampa is located 26 miles west of Boise
along Interstate 84. The city is considered
part of the Boise metropolitan area.
Nobody knows for sure where Nampa got its
name. The belief is that it came from a
Native American word for moccasin. Native
Americans stuffed their moccasins with
sagebrush to keep warm, making a larger
footprint. There is also a Nampa in Canada.
Visitors to Nampa may notice a certain odor
about the city, especially on foggy days.
This is a by-product of the Amalgamated
Sugar Factory, a sugar beet processing
plant. When the beets are cooked, they emit
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