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( The Gem State )
Idaho Map The state's name is thought to be an Indian name, Ee-dah-hoe, which means "gem of the mountains." Idaho, the 43rd state, joined the U.S. in 1890. Logging as well as mining are big industries in the state. But the state is probably best known for its potatoes. Idaho has a rugged landscape with some of the largest unspoiled natural areas in the country. Idaho is a Rocky Mountains state with exciting scenery and enormous natural resources. Idaho has towering, snow-capped mountain ranges, swirling white rapids, peaceful lakes and steep canyons. The churning waters of Snake River rush through Hells Canyon, which is deeper than the Grand Canyon. Shoshone Falls plunges down rugged cliffs from a height greater than that of Niagara Falls. Idaho is a skier's paradise but also provides excellent opportunities for hikers and campers during the summer. Some of the famous celebrities that were born in Idaho include: Lana Turner,

The Flag of Idaho
Idaho state flag Entered the Union in 1890 as the 43rd State; flag adopted in 1927. The seal incorporates symbols of agriculture, mining, forestry, wildlife, and women's rights.

Largest Cities in the State
(2000) Boise City, 185,787; Nampa, 51,867; Pocatello, 51,466; Idaho Falls, 50,730; Meridian, 34,919; Coeur d'Alene, 34,514; Twin Falls, 34,469; Lewiston, 30,904; Caldwell, 25,967; Moscow, 21,291
Business and Trade in Idaho
Agriculture: Cattle, potatoes, dairy products, wheat, sugar beets, barley.

Industries: Food processing, lumber and wood products, machinery, chemical products, paper products, silver and other mining, tourism.

State Symbols and Emblems
  • Bird: Mountain Bluebird
  • Flower: Syringa - Mock Orange (philadelphus lewisii)
  • Tree: White Pine (Pinus Monticola pinaceae)
  • Song(s): Here We Have Idaho
  • Motto: Esto perpetua (Let it be perpetual)

Idaho Travel - Vacation Destinations & Recreation
National parks and historic locations suitable for family vacations or day trips.

Craters of the Moon National Monument - Shoshone
Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge - Nampa
Anderson Ranch Reservoir Boat Ramps - Boise
Craters Of The Moon National Monument & Preserve - P.O. Box 29, Arco
Morgans Bridge Campground - Idaho Falls
capital  Capital: Boise

statehood  Statehood: 1890-07-03

population  Population:
1,293,953 (15.6 mi2)

geographic area   Geographic Area (mi2)
    Total 83,570.08
    Water 822.87
    Land 82,747.21
    Rank 11th Largest

education   State Education:
    Pub & Prv Schools
    College & University

border states   Border States: Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

state health   Health Information:
    Illicit Drug Use
    Youth Risk Survey

housing   Housing: In Idaho, there are 527,824 housing units, averaging to 6.4 per sq mile.

Posters and Artwork
Sun Valley, Idaho, Lady Hooking Skirt in Stream
Sun Valley, Idaho, Lady Hooking Skirt in Stream
Art Print 13" x 18"

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