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Idaho became the 43rd State on July 3, 1890.
deepest river gorge in the North American Continent is
Hells Canyon - 7,900 feet deep. Yes, it's deeper than the
The Frank Church River of No Return
Wilderness is the largest wilderness area in the 48 contiguous states -
2.3 million acres of rugged, unspoiled back country.
public land managed by the federal government.
Five of history's pioneer trails, including the
Trail and the
California Trail, cross Southern
Wagon ruts are still visible all along the rugged terrain.
Hells Canyon is the deepest gorge in North
of Natural History
|In the late 1800s, there
were several sightings of strange creatures in Bear Lake (on the
border). The Bear Lake Monster causes residents and visitors to
to question whether they are in
or Scotland. The serpent-like monsters were up to 90 feet in
length, could move faster than running horses, and were witnessed by
several different people. To this day, there are still those who
refuse to night fish on the lake.
The world's first alpine skiing
chairlift was (and still is) located in Sun Valley. Built by Union
Pacific Railroad engineers, it was designed after a banana-boat
loading device. The 1936 fee: 25 cents per ride.
The world's first nuclear power plant
is located at the
National Environmental and Engineering Laboratory (INEEL), near Arco,
The Atomic Energy Commission offered the town of Arco electricity
generated by atomic energy in 1953.
A person may not be seen
in public without a smile on their face in Pocatello,
Sacajawea, a Lemhi Shoshoni from an
area now on the
border, escorted Meriwether Lewis and William Clark through northern
to the mouth of the Columbia River drainage. Today, Highway 12 follows
the old Lewis and Clark Trail along the Lochsa (pronounced lock-saw)
and Clearwater Rivers until they merge with the Snake and continue
their journey to the Pacific Ocean.
Nearly 85 percent of all the commercial
trout sold in the United States is produced in the Hagerman Valley
near Twin Falls.
its against the law for anyone over the age of 88 to ride a
Shoshone Falls (212 feet), near Twin
Idaho, drops 52 feet further than Niagara Falls.
Wilson Butte Cave, near Twin Falls, was
excavated in 1959 and found to contain bones of bison and antelope, as
well as some arrowheads and other artifacts that were carbon-dated to
be 14,500 years old. This makes them "among the oldest definitely
dated artifacts in the New World."
Lana Turner was born in Wallace,
|Julia Jean Mildred
Frances Turner was born in Wallace,
changed her name to Lana Turner, becoming a famous movie star!
Between 1863 (when Abraham Lincoln signed
the bill making
Idaho a Territory) and statehood (27 years later), the
Territory had 16 governors, four who never set foot in
Appropriately named the "Gem State,"
produces 72 types of precious and semi-precious stones, some of which can
be found nowhere else in the world.
Silver Valley in northern
produced more than $4 billion in precious metals since 1884, making the
area one of the top 10 mining districts in the world.
Ernest Hemingway arrived in Sun Valley in 1939 to work on his novel,
For Whom the Bell Tolls.
offered wide open spaces for Hemingway to indulge in his passions for
hunting, skiing, fishing, and other outdoor activities. Hemingway is
buried in Ketchum,
he died on July 2, 1961.
Did you know that
Idaho has a
seaport? The Port of Lewiston allows the exportation of millions of
bushels of grain down the Snake and Columbia Rivers for overseas shipment.
After the great Wallace fire of 1910, the Pulaski, a mattock-axe tool used
in fire fighting, was invented in
Salmon River, known as the "River of No Return" because of its difficult
passage, is the nation's longest free-flowing river that heads and flows
within a single state.
One of the
largest diamonds ever found in the United States, nearly 20 carats, was
discovered near McCall,
Residents may not fish from a giraffe's
In 1953, the engineering prototype of the
first nuclear submarine, the Nautilus, was built and tested in the
desert on the Snake River Plain near Arco.
riding a merry-go-round on Sundays is considered a crime.
The longest main
street in America, 33 miles in length, can be found in Island Park,
The Salmon River is also known as the River of
Return because of its difficult passage.
is said to be hidden in Beaver Canyon near Spencer, that has never been
located. The buried cache is said to be that of the
in Boise and dozens of other buildings in the city are geothermally heated
from underground hot springs. In fact,
well sprinkled with public and private hot springs.
Buffalo Hide Tipi at Nez Perce National Park.
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