Idaho

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Abbreviation ID
Source: United States Postal Service - Abbreviations
Capital Boise
Population 1,567,582
Source: Resident Population Data - 2010 Census
Governor C. L. "Butch" Otter (Republican, to January 2015)
Entered the Union July 3, 1890
as the 43rd state
Motto Esto perpetua (It is forever)
Nicknames The Gem State, The Spud State
Flower Syringa
Bird Mountain Bluebird
Song Here We Have Idaho
Professional Sports Teams
(sports listing policy)
No NFL, MLB, NBA, WNBA, MLS, or NHL teams.
Origin of Name Unknown
Historical Sites Nez Perce National Historic Park, State Historical Museum in Boise, Cataldo Mission, Coeur d'Alene District Mining Museum, Silver City ghost town, Old Fort Hall
Points of Interest Craters of the Moon National Park, Crystal Ice Cave, Lava Hot Springs, Peregrine Fund World Center for Birds of Prey, Sun Valley ski resort
Bordering States Idaho borders Montana, Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah
Flag Idaho's flag

Follow these links to read articles about Idaho from Encyclopedias and Almanacs:

Official State Links

Other State Links

  • 50states.com: Idaho
    http://www.50states.com/idaho.htm
    The site provides a wealth of information about Idaho. It includes everything from the highest point to county profile to climate.
  • Things To Do in Idaho
    http://www.thingstodo.com/states/ID/index.htm
    ThingsToDo.com is an online guide to information about Idaho's entertainment, recreation, and travel, and includes the state's interesting facts, famous people, and special events.
  • Roadside America: Idaho Attractions
    http://www.roadsideamerica.com/map/id.html
    Roadside America describes itself as an online guide to offbeat attractions. This site offers reviews of "weird sites along the highway" in Idaho.
  • Idaho Museum of Natural History
    http://imnh.isu.edu/
    The museum is located on the campus of Idaho State University in Pocatello.
  • FedStats: MapStat: United States: Idaho
    http://www.fedstats.gov/qf/states/16000.html
    Fast access to statistics from more than 100 federal agencies on "economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more" in Idaho.
  • Hell's Canyon is the deepest canyon in North America. It is 7900 feet deep.
  • The longest main street in the U. S. is in Island Park. It runs for 33 miles.
  • Idaho was the last of the 50 states to be sighted. It was "discovered" by Europeans in 1805.
  • Gold can be found in some form in every county in Idaho. The state also produces 72 different kinds of gemstones, some of which can't be found anywhere else in the world!

Some Famous People from this State

  • Mariel Hemingway, actress
  • Ezra Pound, poet
  • Sacagawea, Shoshonean Indian guide of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, was born in 1790. She was the interpreter for the explorers on their trip down the Missouri River.
  • Philo Farnsworth, who emigrated to Rigby, Idaho, in 1919 at the age of 11, was the inventor of television. He first came up with the idea when he was only 13 years old.