Welcome to Idaho! The Rocky Mountain state of Idaho is rugged and wild. It contains snow-capped peaks, rushing rivers, 15 national forests and 28 state parks. It is also the home of nation's first ski resort, the birthplace of television and produces over 85% of the nation's commercial trout. If you're heading to Idaho, there's no better way to memorialize your vacation than with a one-of-a-kind, Idaho State Passport. Here is just a few of the interesting facts you'll find in this great souvenir:
|The first Idaho Volunteer Infantry pose for a stoic picture before heading into battle against the Spaniards in 1898.|
- Idaho has 3,100 miles of rivers, more than any other state, earning it the title of "Whitewater Capitol of the United States".
- The Coeur d'Alene mining district is the richest proven silver mining region in the world, with over one billion ounces of silver produced to date.
- Idaho's state capitol building is the only one in the United States that is heated geothermally.
- Hells Canyon on the Snake River, the deepest gorge in North America, is deeper than the Grand Canyon by about 2,250 feet.
- A law in Fort Village County, Idaho makes it a crime to give elk alcohol with 470 feet of a city council meeting before dawn.
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Welcome to Idaho - The Gem State!
We, the undersigned, hereby request all whom it may concern to permit the person named herein to enjoy without delay the hospitality and beauty of this great State and to give aid to ensure a safe and pleasant journey to the Idaho Passport bearer named herein.|
M. Lewis and W. Clark
Explorers of Idaho, September 12, 1805
Idaho State History
On August 12, 1805, Lewis and Clark crossed into Idaho on the historic Nez Perce Lolo Trail across the Bitterroot Mountains on their journey to find a new route to the Pacific Ocean. In 1860, Wilbur Bassett discovered gold in Idaho and in the following six months, some 1,600 claims were staked along Canal Gulch in north central Idaho. The most significant gold find was in 1862 in the Boise Basin. Boise City was founded in 1863 along the old Oregon Trail as a supply center for gold miners. By 1865, it had become the territorial capitol of the region. More gold was discovered in 1881 in northern Idaho when Andrew Prichard struck his fortune along the North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River. This started a new gold rush which was encouraged by the Northern Pacific Railroad, which promised free gold in North Idaho for the price of a ticket. In 1885, silver was discovered in Coeur d'Alene and Idaho remains a top producer of silver, gold, and lead to this day. Idaho was admitted to the Union as the 43rd state on July 3, 1890.
DID YOU KNOW:
- The first commercial airmail service in the United States began in Boise in 1926.
- The first production of nuclear electricity in the world occured at the National Reactor Testing Station (now Idaho National Engineering Laboratory) near Idaho Falls in 1951.
Idaho State Economic Overview
Idaho's state economy, estimated at more than $45 billion, grew more than twice the national average in 2005. Major industries include mining lumber, wood, paper and chemical products, machinery, electronic manufacturing, agriculture, tourism and the "high tech". Idaho's most valuable mined products are silver, phosphate rock, sand and gravel. The service industry, including government services, recreation, real estate, and retail trade accounts for two thirds of the state's gross state product. However, manufacturing is the state's single most important economic activity, accounting for a quarter of Idaho's gross state product alone. Technology products such as computer chips and electronic equipment account for 69 percent of the state's total exports. Idaho has the third highest concentration of technology related products in the United States. Finally, the winter sports and high technology industries helped Idaho achieve one of the largest population growth rates in the U.S. from 1990 to the present.
There are about 24,000 farms and ranches that cover a quarter of the state. Half of the state's agricultural income is from livestock, with beef cattle being Idaho's most valuable farm product. Most of the state's cattle ranches are in the central and southern parts of the state. Idaho is an important producer of lambs and wool. Idaho's leading crop is potatoes followed by wheat and hay, and it has the second greatest production of sugar beets in the United States.
World's highest navigable river: St. Joe River, 2,128 feet
Idaho's deepest cave: Bigfoot Cave, 1,250 feet
Idaho's largest and deepest lake: Pend Oreille, 180 square miles and one quarter mile at its deepest
Idaho's Coldest Temperature: -60°F, Island Park Dam, January 16, 1943
Idaho's Hottest Temperature: 118°F, Orofino, July 28, 1934
Mean Elevation: 5,000 feet above sea level
Longest River: Snake River, 1,056 miles
Water Area: 823 square miles
DID YOU KNOW:
- Idaho has over 2000 lakes and over 100 mineral springs.
- In Idaho, it is against the law to give anyone a box of candy if it weighs more than 50 pounds.
- Idaho is home to one of the largest elk herds in the United States.
- Shoshone Falls, the "Niagra of the West" on the Snake River near Twin Falls, drops 212 feet making it higher than Niagra Falls by 52 feet.
- Snake River Birds of Prey Wildlife Area, covering 483,000 acres, has the world's densest population of raptors.
- Four states can be seen from Seven Devils Peak, Idaho's most precipitous range: Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and Montana.
Idaho Vital Statistics
Geographic Center: Custer County on the Yankee Fork River, SW of Challis, about 180 miles NE of Boise; longitude: 114° 57.4'W
Total Area: 83,574 square miles
Length: 479 miles
Latitude: 44° 15.4'N
Land Area: 82,751 square miles
Width: 305 miles
Population: 1,429,096 (2006 est.)
Statehood: July 3, 1890
Motto: Esto Perpetua "It Is Perpetual"
Nickname: Gem State
State Capitol: Boise, 208,000 (2006 est.)
DID YOU KNOW:
- Bruneau Dunes State Park contains North America's tallest, single structure sand dune, 470 feet high.
Idaho State Dance: the Square Dance
The square dance became the official Idaho state dance in 1989. Square dancing originated in New England and when the pioneers moved West, they brought the father of the square dance, the quadrille--which means square in French, with them to Idaho. Idaho currently hosts a large square and round dance festival every year in June.
DID YOU KNOW:
- About 20,000 Basque people live in Boise, the largest concentration of Basques outside of their home country of Spain.
- In 2005 Idaho ranked first in the ratio of patents to population.
Idaho State Fossil: the Hagerman Horse Fossil
The Hagerman horse fossil, discovered in 1928 at Hagerman Fossil Beds, became the official state fossil in 1988. A cattle ranger, Elmer Cook, found some fossil bones on his ranch in southern Idaho near Hagerman. The bones were sent to the Smithsonian Institution where they were identified as a species that linked prehistoric horses to their modern counterparts. These ancient horses continued to evolve in North America until their extinction about 10,000 years ago. The Hagerman Horse is more closely related to the zebra than to the modern-day horse.
DID YOU KNOW:
- The Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument is considered one of the six most important sites in the world for the study of horse fossils. Unsurprisingly, it has the world's richest deposits of Hagerman Fossils.
Your Idaho State Passport is also filled with many pages of educational state history and science. Here is another glimpse of what this unique souvenir has to offer...
Now that you've seen just a small portion of what your Idaho State Passport has to offer, hopefully you'll agree that this truly unique souvenir would make the perfect gift after a great vacation. Even better, at only $5.45 + $0.70 shipping each, it's simple and affordable to give this great holiday momento to your whole family!
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