Back in 2001 our junior college, Ricks College, transitioned to a four-year university and was renamed Brigham Young University-Idaho.
We have been under a constant state of construction ever since. Housing has been a major part of the development with campus buildings and infrastructure following at a rapid pace.
In fact our little town is still suffering a bad case of growing pains over a decade later.
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This is a view behind the post office. Huge five story apartments have replaced a lot of private homes just north of campus. You can see a parking garage and the lights for the football stadium in the center of this picture.
A few yards farther on the corner of First South and First West, apartments tower on both sides of the street.
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It was shock to see the building where I worked for several years, on the corner of Main and Second East, reduced to rubble. This is looking northeast with Walgreens behind me and the court house on the left. I haven’t learned what will replace this brick office building.
The building where I spend so many hours and its chestnut and pine trees are just—gone!
I could hear the roar of a chainsaw and looked east toward the hospital to see workers taking down more trees. One dropped while I took these photos and I suspect they will all be gone by noon.
Up on the hill south of campus, concrete is being poured this morning for the new Science and Technology Building. The original building where DH taught computer technology for over thirty years is out of the picture to the right and the Benson Building is behind me.
That’s a LOT of concrete and it’s going down on the deep lava bedrock of the hill known as the Rexburg Bench.
As surprising as it is to see landmarks disappear, it is also amazing to see how quickly the new construction can go up.
Here’s another vacant lot looking northeast across from Kennedy Elementary School. It used to be the location for Squires Brick and Stone.
For all the new stuff in this town, we still don’t have much of a selection of places to eat. However, there is a new Maverick gas station just off the center exit where we can get donuts and warmed-over hot dogs.