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All About Idaho: It’s More than Just a Land of Spuds

by | May 10, 2022 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

Where is Idaho? 

Idaho, which is in the northwestern US, borders six states: Washington and Oregon to the West, Montana and Wyoming to the East, and Nevada and Utah to the South. What is north of it? Here’s a clue: It’s a country where ice hockey is very popular.

Idaho is most prominently known for its famous potatoes! In fact, one museum is even called the Idaho Potato Museum. Aside from its spuds, Idaho is also known for producing 72 precious and semi-precious stones like opal, jade, zircon, and garnets. A rare gemstone called the Star Garnet has only been found in two places in the whole wide world: Idaho and India.

Can you find Idaho on a US map?

4 Fun Facts about Idaho

As the country’s 43rd state, Idaho has a rich history:

  1. It was one of only 5 states that allowed women to vote long before the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution was passed. (The 19th amendment prevents any citizen from being denied the right to vote because of their sex.) Almost 50 years after the Suffrage movement began, which refers to the organization that formed in 1848 to promote women’s right to vote, Idaho amended its constitution to allow women to vote.
  2. In 1948, people started building homes in McCall, a resort town by Payette Lake. This is where beavers had been living and thriving for many decades, maybe even centuries. But people and beavers don’t mix. So Idaho Fish and Game decided to relocate the beavers to a new home, a protected wilderness area called Chamberlain Basin. But how would they move them? There were no roads leading to this place. After much thought, they placed the beavers in specially designed wooden boxes that would automatically open once hitting the ground. These boxes were attached to leftover parachutes from World War II. The beavers then went skydiving . . . well, sort of. They safely parachuted from planes into this spot where no one would bother them anymore. Lastly, guess what they named the first beaver that parachuted? Geronimo, naturally.
  3. In 1861, Idaho was called the Colorado Territory; it officially became its own territory in 1863 and the 43rd state in 1890.
  4. Although Idaho’s most famous crop is the potato, the first potato planted in America was in New Hampshire, way back in 1719. A missionary named Henry Harmon Spalding brought the potato to Lapwai, Idaho in 1836 to teach the Nez Perce tribe how to grow their own food. They were the first to cultivate and sell spuds in the area.

More Stuff You Should Know about Idaho (Rhyming is fun!)

  • Idaho has more rivers than any other state – 3,100 miles of river, to be exact!
  • Know how the state got its name? Many believe it’s a Native American word. But that is incorrect! You can learn all of the details about the inception of its name here.
  • Idaho is among 13 states that are split into two time zones. Although the majority of people observe Mountain Time, the area above the Salmon River is part of the Pacific Time Zone.

Idaho: Crazy, Funny or Just Plain Weird

In Idaho, it’s against the law to:

  • Live in a dog kennel (or dog house) unless you’re a dog. (Makes sense…)
  • Ride a merry-go-round on a Sunday.
  • Buy onions or sell chickens after sundown in Tamarack without a permit.
  • Sell an “Idaho Deluxe” potato with rot, blemishes, or sun damage. You could be jailed for up to six months.
  • “Display frowns, grimaces, scowls, threatening and glowering looks, gloomy and depressed facial appearances (in Pocatello), generally all of which reflect unfavorably upon the city’s reputation.”

I want to know more about Idaho!

…and we understand why. Check out this bizarre story:

In 1914, a six year-old girl named May Pierstorff was mailed. Yes, she was actually mailed from her hometown in Grangeville to Lewiston, which back then, took many hours to drive to by car. May’s parents wanted to send their daughter to visit her grandparents in Lewiston, but train fare was too expensive. However, they could mail a package up to 50 pounds for just 53 cents. May weighed around 45 pounds, so her parents purchased 53 cents in stamps and attached them to May’s coat. She traveled the entire distance to Lewiston in the train’s mail car and was safely delivered to her grandmother’s home by the mail clerk on duty. This was probably the first and last time a live person was mailed. I think… I hope…

Know of any other interesting tidbits about Idaho? Please email it to info@adventuresofmo.com along with your first name and state. If published, we’ll credit you for the information!

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