50 Interesting & Fun Facts About Idaho State You Should Know Story

By Sarah Hartness

Introduction

50 Interesting & Fun Facts About Idaho State You Should Know Story

Interesting and fun facts about Idaho state include that it has the deepest canyon in...

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Idaho Fun Facts

Let's start off with some fun facts of Idaho...

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Idaho is the 13th largest state in the country by area

Idaho is 83,569 square miles in size. A few thousand square miles of this land...

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Borah Peak is the highest point in Idaho

The peak is part of the Lost River Ranger District, which is part of the...

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Idaho is called the Gem State

This name comes from the more than 72 gems that can be found in Idaho...

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Hells Canyon in Idaho is deeper than the Grand Canyon

It is over 7,900 feet deep, which beats the 6,001-foot depth of the Grand Canyon...

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From Heaven's Gate Lookout, you can see four states

On a clear day, you can see Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Montana from the lookout...

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Shoshone Falls is a 212-foot waterfall

It is referred to as the "Niagara of the west" since it is such a...

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The state capitol building is warmed with renewable energy

It is the only US state capitol building to be warmed this way. It is...

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Sun Valley Resort was the first destination ski resort in the US

Count Felix Schaffgosch was hired to find a place to build a ski resort. When...

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Idaho is larger in size than New England

New England, which is made up of six states (Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island...

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Idaho is home to the longest floating boardwalk in the world

It is at the Coeur d'Alene Resort, and it is 3,300 feet long. That is...

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Interesting Facts About Idaho

There are also a lot of interesting facts on Idaho...

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The biggest sand dune in the US is in Bruneau Dunes State Park

The single-structured sand dune is 470 feet tall, and a lot of the other dunes...

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Idaho has more than 4.7 million acres of wilderness

The wilderness is protected by the government and cannot be developed or otherwise changed. This...

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Idaho has a neutral dialect

Native Idahoans do not have any sort of accent based on a study of how...

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It is said that the Nez Perce Tribe was the first to breed horses for certain traits

They selectively bred horses to develop traits like speed, intelligence, and endurance. The bred horses...

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Idaho has more than 107,000 miles of rivers

Eight hundred ninety-one of these miles are designated wild and scenic rivers. The longest river...

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Seventy percent of the trout sold in the US is from Idaho

The state produces the most trout of any state, with a production of around 41...

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Part of the Rocky Mountains are in Idaho

The Rocky Mountains are split into four sections: Northern, Middle, Southern, and the Wyoming Basin...

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Idaho grows famous potatoes

Idaho is home to famous, delicious potatoes, thanks to the growing conditions in the state...

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The Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve is a dried lava flow

As the name suggests, you feel like you are on the moon when you visit...

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The state tree of Idaho is the Western White Pine

The largest concentration of this tree in the United States is in Idaho. It can...

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Funny Facts About Idaho

There is also some funny information on Idaho that you will enjoy...

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The Dog Bark Park Inn is the world's largest beagle

The inn is shaped like a beagle, and guests can stay overnight inside the dog...

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In Idaho, you can eat an ice cream potato

The name of this dessert comes from its appearance, as it looks like a loaded...

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The movie Napoleon Dynamite was filmed in Idaho

More specifically, it was filmed in Preston, Idaho, which is where the two creators of...

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There is a ski resort in Idaho that is home to the Brundage Bra Tree

The tree is at the Brundage Mountain Ski Resort in McCall, ID, and people pass...

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The Smurf Turf is in Idaho

The Smurf Turf is the first blue turf and the first non-green turf used on...

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Weird Facts About Idaho

This section has some weird and unusual facts about Idaho...

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Idaho has a potato museum

The museum in Blackfoot, Idaho, opened in 1988 with the goal of educating people about...

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Idaho has a funny shape with a panhandle

The western border of the state follows the 117th Meridian line. The few areas where...

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The longest straw bale maze in the world was in Idaho

The temporary maze measured 96,847 square feet and was eight times the size required by...

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The largest potato chip is in Idaho

It is on display at the Idaho Potato Museum in Blackfoot, ID. It is a...

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Idaho has an almost perfect ratio of one man to one woman

It is one of two states with a very close ratio, the other being Washington...

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Cool Facts About Idaho

Here are some more cool and fun Idaho facts...

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Sixty-three percent of Idaho is public land

This land is managed by the federal government, and Idaho is one of the largest...

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The largest hops farm in the world is in Idaho

It is 1,700 acres big, and farmers here have been growing hops for over three...

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Joe River in Idaho is the highest navigable river in the world

It is navigable since it is wide enough and deep enough for a boat to...

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Idaho has rare star garnets

These garnets are only found in two places in the world: India and Idaho. They...

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Idaho grows a significant amount of the United State's lentils

The Palouse region of the US grows 90% of all the country's lentils, and it...

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Random Facts About Idaho

There is also some random Idaho information that I've listed in this section...

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Evil Knievel tried jumping Twin Falls

Motorcycle daredevil Evil Knievel attempted to make the .25-mile jump over the 500-foot-deep canyon in...

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The longest gondola ride in North America is in Idaho

The gondola ride is at Silver Mountain Resort in Kellogg, Idaho. Its course is 3.1...

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Ernest Hemmingway is buried in Ketchum Cemetery

He is buried in a simple grave in Sun Valley, Idaho. He took his own...

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The Snake River Plain was formed by a volcanic hot spot

The hot spot is in the Earth's crust, and these hot spots are what make...

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The Idaho state insect is the Monarch Butterfly

The name of the butterfly comes from early settlers who named it after King Willam...

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Historical Facts About Idaho

There is a lot of history in Idaho, so I had to include these Idaho...

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The Idaho state seal was designed during a contest in 1890

It is the only state seal designed by a woman, and the design she submitted...

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The name Idaho does not come from a Native American word

This "fact" about Idaho is a myth, and the name Idaho was actually made up...

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Idaho became the 43rd US state in 1890

It first became a territory on March 4th, 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln signed the...

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Sacagawea was born in Idaho

Not too much is known about this explorer, but she was born in 1788 or...

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The state motto of Idaho is "Esto Perpetua"

The motto translates to "It is perpetuated" or "May it endure forever." The motto is...

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Important Facts About Idaho

Finally, there are some important little-known facts about Idaho...

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The state fruit of Idaho is the huckleberry

There are many varieties of huckleberries that are native to Idaho, but the most common...

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The Syringa is the Idaho state flower

It was designated as the state flower in 1931, and its formal name is the...

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The official state horse is the Appaloosa

While Idaho does not have a state mammal as many states do, they have the...

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Boise is the capital of Idaho

It is in the southwest corner of the state and has a population of just...

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The Mountain Bluebird is the official bird of the state of Idaho

It became the state bird in 1931, and its official name is the "Sialia Currucoides....

Conclusion

Conclusion

Idaho is well known for its potatoes, and it is home to the ice cream...

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