Idaho is a state in the Pacific Northwest area of the United States. Idaho is the 14th most expansive, the 39th most populous, and the 7th least densely populated of the 50 United States. The state's largest city and capital is Boise. Residents are called "Idahoans". Idaho was admitted to the Union on July 3, 1890, as the 43rd state.
Under Idaho law only two forms of city government are allowed: a mayor/councilor or a council/manager form.
President Theodore Roosevelt established the Caribou National Forest in 1907. The area now covers more than 1 million acres in southeast Idaho.
The word "Potato" first apeared on an Idaho license plate in 1928. The now famous words "Famous Potatoes" apeared on our plates in 1957. Did you know most Idaho License Plates tell you where the driver is from?
The 1989 legislature designated the square dance as the American Folk Dance of Idaho. The square dance was first associated with the American people and recorded in history since 1651. Square dancing includes squares, rounds, clogging, contra, line and heritage dances.
The 1988 legislature designated the Hagerman Horse Fossil (species Equus simplicidens originally described as Plesippus shoshonensis) as the official state fossil. A rich fossil bed 3.5 million years old, which has yielded over 130 complete horse skeletons, was discovered in the 1920s near Hagerman and is said to be the best known Pleistocene-epoch fossil site in the world.
Hydroelectric power plants supply roughly four-fifths of Idaho’s electricity generation.
Agriculture is a major industry: The state produces about one fourth of the nation's potato crop, as well as wheat, apples, corn, barley, sugar beets, and hops.
In 1884, silver was discovered in the Coeur d'Alene area which would prove to be the nation's richest deposit. In 1889 a constitutional convention was held and Idaho became the nation's 43rd state by 1890 and the state's population had swelled to more than 88,000. In 1889 the territorial legislature established the University of Idaho at Moscow and the College of Idaho held classes for the first time in Caldwell in 1891.
Miners, ranchers, and farmers found a state rich with natural resources. They mined, homesteaded, plowed, and fenced, eventually staying to make Idaho a United States Territory in 1863. Lewiston served briefly as its capital. By 1864 the capital was moved to Boise. By 1870 Idaho's population was all of 17,000; a decade later it would be 32,000.
The economy of Idaho City originally developed around gold mining in the 1860s. It was once the largest town in the Pacific Northwest
Idaho was ranked 25 out of 51 states and the District of Columbia on 2010 preliminary teen birth rates among females aged 15-19 (with 1 representing the lowest rate and 51 representing the highest rate).
It is illegal to fish on the back of an elephant in Idaho. In the state if you want to show your love for your girlfriend or wife, you really have to show it. It is illegal to give your sweetheart a box of candy that weighs less than 50 pounds.