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15 Facts About Idaho You Don’t Know

The Idaho state seal is the only state seal within the U.S. created by women. Emma Edwards Green entered a nationwide contest to win the award in 1891 only using her initials.

Have a look at these amazing facts about Idaho and have fun. Let’s get started.

Facts About Idaho

1. The state is famous for its potatoes. However, its official name is Gem State. There are 72 precious and semi-precious gems that have been discovered in the state.

2. A good example is star garnet. It’s found in two locations all over the globe: Idaho in the United States and India.

3. Idaho is also the source of most of the country’s trout.

4. Do you wonder how the state earned its name? And so are the people who live there because many sources have claimed the origins of the name. The lobbyist George Willing alleged Idaho meant “gem of the mountains” or “the sun originates from mountain ranges” in the Shoshone language. Others claimed that the name comes in an Apache phrase “idaahe,” meaning enemy or it was a Nez Perce phrase that translates to “land of many glasses of water.” Willing eventually admit that he had invented the term “Idaho.”

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5. in 1861 Idaho was not even referred to as Idaho. At first, Congress dubbed the land the Colorado Territory. Idaho has finally declared a territory entirely its own by 1863. It was declared the 43rd state in 1890.

6. The horse that was the state horse, called the Appaloosa was introduced by the Spanish in the late 1700s and then welcomed by the indigenous Nez Perce tribe. Settlers referred to the spotted horses as “Palouse horses” because of their namesake, the Palouse River, and the name was a constant.

7. With a depth of 7,993 feet, Hells Canyon in western Idaho is the deepest gorge of a river in North America. Comparatively Grand Canyon is only 6,000 feet deep. Grand Canyon is only 6,000 feet deep.

8. Thirteen U.S. states are split into two time zones and Idaho is among them. The majority of Idaho’s population and area fall in Mountain Time. The region above the Salmon River is part of the Pacific Time Zone.

9. The Idaho state seal is the only state seal within the U.S. created by women. Emma Edwards Green entered a nationwide contest to win the award in 1891 only using her initials.

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10. Additionally, Idaho’s State Capitol Building is the only building within the U.S. heated by geothermal energy. The heat is generated by hot springs that lie 3,000 feet below the ground.

11. Idaho’s most well-known crop (the potato) isn’t native to the region. The first potato grown in America was actually grown by a farmer in New Hampshire in 1719. A missionary called Henry Harmon Spalding brought the potato to Lapwai, Idaho, in 1836, to teach members of the Nez Perce tribe to cultivate the food they grew themselves. The Nez Perce were among the first people to cultivate and market spuds in the area.

12. If you’re interested in knowing if someone’s from Idaho Try asking them how to say “Boise.” Residents and natives are more likely to say “boy-see,” while outsiders generally pronounce it “boy-zee.”

13. Firefighters refer to the ax-like device a Pulaski named after it was the Idahoan Forest Ranger that introduced it to the public. Edward Pulaski was a hero of the Great Idaho Fire of 1910 that swept through 3 million acres and killed more than 87 people and is the biggest forest fire ever recorded in U.S. history.

He led 45 firefighters into an abandoned prospect mining site and fight off the flames near the entrance until he could pass out, saving only five people. One year later, after the tragedy, Pulaski combined an axe and an adze to create the perfect tool for constructing firebreaks.

14. If you’re exhausted and are traveling across Cottonwood, Idaho, you could stay the night in the Dog Bark Park Inn which offers a bed and breakfast that is shaped to look like a huge beagle.

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15. An even more thrilling trip is to sail from the Pacific Ocean to Idaho (or reverse) through both the Snake and the Columbia Rivers. You’ll end (or begin) in Lewiston the furthest city in the west coast.

Harrison Jones
Harrison Jones
Harrison has been a freelance financial reporter for the past 6 years. He knows the major trends in the financial world. Jones’ experience and useful tips help people manage their budgets wisely.


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