57 Interesting Facts About Idaho

Last updated on February 4th, 2021

45. In the Treasure Valley: the Treasure Valley in Boise offers a plethora of fun activities throughout the year. Apart from big treats like Quinn’s Pond, Camel’s Back Park, and Table Rock, there are other hidden gems for family vacations. One of the popular summer activities in Boise is floating the Boise River. There is a floatable stretch between Morrison Park and Barber Park.

46. Roaring Springs, Meridian: unleash your inner child at the biggest waterpark in Meridian. Catch some waves, float along a lazy river, or enjoy the water slides. Next door you will find mini golf, bumper cars, and bowling.

47. Rexburg Sits on a Volcano: sitting atop a shield volcano is the city of Rexburg. Centuries ago, hot magma cascaded from the active shield volcano and caused a massive accumulation of edifice on the ground. This edifice is the present city of Rexburg.

Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Interesting facts about Idaho. Idaho Falls, Idaho. Image via Nicolas Henderson.

48. A City That Owes Its name to Snake River and Railroad: Idaho Falls attributes its name to a waterfall along the Snake River, a key feature of agriculture in the state of Idaho. The surrounding communities have re-created waterfalls that had been destroyed in the process of developing the area.

49. The Portneuf Greenway Trails: the Portneuf Greenway links Pocatello parks and other parts of the city. It is an ideal avenue for exercising, exploring nature and evading traffic. It runs through Old Town Pocatello, a river corridor, riverfront parks, as well as the Idaho State University.

50. A City With Speculations About Its Name’s Origin: the origin of the name Nampa is hypothetical. Some early residents used to call it New Jerusalem due to the presence of a big religious community. In other speculations, the name Nampa means ‘foot’ in Native Americans. Yet, historians claim the place was named after Nampus- a Shoshone chief. Local legends has it that Nampa means “Namb” (footprint) or moccasin.

51. Sunnyslope Caldwell, Heart Of Idaho Wine Country: it is said that love is grown and crafted in Sunnyslope Wine Trail. The area produces most of the State’s vineyards and 50% of the wineries are found here. It is an ultimate destination for wine tasting, panoramic views, and dining.

View of Bayhorse, Idaho.
Bayhorse is an old lead and silver mining camp located about 4 miles off ID Hwy 75 in a narrow mountain canyon. It is now a ghost town and part of the Land of the Yankee Fork State Park. This was taken from the Bayhorse Ore Mill. Image via Jimmy Emerson, DVM.

52. Bayhorse – The Longest Running Silver City in Idaho: in the late 1800s, Bayhorse was an established goldmine camp. Ten years later, it started to attract attention when a silver vein was discovered in Beardsley and Ramshorn mines. Gradually, it turned out to be the greatest producer of silver in Idaho State until 1915.

Naming of Bayhorse Sign, Idaho.
Interesting facts about Idaho. Naming of Bayhorse Sign, Idaho. Image via Jimmy Emerson, DVM.

53. Twin Falls was Discovered by Rafters: Twin Falls city may have been founded by the irrigation wizardly godfather- I.B. Perrine when he built the Milner Dam. But the city was actually discovered in 1811 by a group of rafters led by Wilson price Hunt. After a year’s expedition from Saint Louis to Oregon, his trip with the group stopped when they hit the rapids on Snake River.

54. Most Inland Seaport on West Coast: the port of Lewiston is situated 465 miles off the ocean. It exposes the Inland Northwest to worldwide trade markets by linking to Columbia Snake River System. It is an intermodal transportation hub that offers instant access to a rail route, airport, road, and river.

55. Post Falls- An Authentic Mill Town: named after Frederick Post, Post Falls welcomes visitors with ponderosa pine, beautiful cliffs, and forested areas. Frederick, a German immigrant created a lumber mill beside Spokane River in 1871. Post Falls is also a gateway to North Idaho. Prime golfing, lodging and dining are activities for all seasons.

56. Moscow the Green City: with more than 27 sq. meters of parks per individual, Moscow can be compared to other green cities of the world like Paris and New York. There are 18 gardens, 96 parks, 4 botanical centers, and a zoo with over 6,500 specimens.

57. World’s Silver Capital: for a long time, Wallace has been regarded as the silver capital. Most of the silver mining comes from Shoshone County. The activity is conducted in the most environmentally-friendly way to conserve the pristine mountains where recreational enthusiasts flock.

Idaho – Quick Facts And State Symbols

State AbbreviationID
State CapitalBoise
Largest CityBoise
State SizeTotal (Land + Water): 83,570 sq miles; Land Only: 82,747 sq miles
(Estimate July 1, 2018 from United States Census Bureau)
StatehoodJuly 3, 1890
State rank by population39th
State rank by date of formation43rd
State rank by area14th
Number of Counties44
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Bordering StatesMontana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming
Official LanguageEnglish
Highest PointBorah Peak
12,662 ft (3,859 m)
Lowest pointConfluence of Snake and Clearwater River; Lewiston
713 ft (217 m)
Length479 miles (771 km)
Width305 miles (491 km)
Mean elevation5000 feet above sea level
GovernorBrad Little (R)
Lieutenant GovernorJanice McGeachin (R)
Electoral Votes4
State MottoEsto perpetua (Let it be perpetual)
State NicknameGem State
% Water0.98
Noble prize WinnersJames Rainwater (Physics, 1975)
Famous peopleLarry Wilson (Pro Football player)
Harmon Killebrew (Baseball player)
Jeremy Shada
State AmphibianIdaho Giant Salamander
State BirdMountain bluebird
State InsectMonarch butterfly
State FishCutthroat Trout
State FlowerSyringa
State FossilHagerman Horse Fossil
State FruitHuckleberry
State GemStar garnet
State HorseAppaloosa
State RaptorPeregrine Falcon
State TreeWestern white pine
State VegetablePotato
Longitude111°03′ W to 117°15′ W
Latitude42° N to 49° N
Time ZoneMountain Time Zone, Pacific Time Zone
Area Codes208
Table last updatedJune 8, 2020