Idaho - Fast Facts & Trivia

  • Sun Valley is considered the home of America's first destination ski resort.

  • Breakheart Pass is a 1975 American western adventure film that stars Charles Bronson, Ben Johnson, Richard Crenna, and Jill Ireland. The movie was based on the 1974 novel by Scottish author Alistair MacLean (1922-1987), of the same title, and was filmed in north central Idaho

  • The Birds of Prey Wildlife Area is home to the densest population of nesting birds, hawks and falcons.

  • At 5897 feet altitude, Mackay calls itself the tip of Idaho because it is the nearest town to Mt. Borah, the highest mountain in Idaho.

  • Soda Springs has the largest artificial geyser in the world.

  • Lewiston is located at the confluence of the rivers Snake and Clearwater. The height is 738 feet above sea level.

  • The Treasure Valley area around Nampa is known as Idaho's Banana Belt.

  • During the 1860s, a base camp of the Oregon Shoreline Railroad called Boomerang was built in Payette.

  • Pocatello is home to Idaho State University.

  • Post Falls is known as Idaho's River City.

  • St. Stanislaus Church, in Rathdrum, is the oldest brick church in the state of Idaho.

  • Rigby is known as the birthplace of television since it is Philo T. Farnsworth's hometown. Farnsworth is a pioneer of television technology.

  • Under the Idaho law, only two forms of city government are allowed: a mayor / councilman or a council / manager.

  • Shelley has been the home of the Idaho Annual Spud Day since 1927.

  • Weiser is home to the national Old Time Fiddlers Contest.

  • The Idaho Enterprise published its first issue on June 6, 1879 and is one of the oldest weekly newspapers in Idaho.

  • President Theodore Roosevelt founded the Caribou National Forest in 1907. The area now covers more than 1 million hectares in southeastern Idaho.

  • In 1924, local McCall resident and Olympic champion Cory Engen began the celebrations, known as Winter Carnival, to curb the boredom of the long McCall Winter.

  • Meridian is named after the Boise Meridian, the north-south line of the Land Surveyor of Idaho, which runs through the starting point 16 miles south of the city.

  • The Mountain Home Air Force Appreciation Day features the largest parade in Idaho every year.

  • Idaho ghost towns include Silver City, Yankee Fork, Gold Dredge, and the Sierra Silver Mine.

  • Sawtooth Mountain / Sawtooth National Recreational Area was named after its jagged profile.

  • Anderson Dam is known for his blue fly fishing.

  • Idaho's first territorial prison was opened in 1872. It has been included in the National Register of Historic Places. After the removal of the last prisoners in 1974, it was converted into a public institution.

  • The Seven Devil Summits, one of the highest mountain ranges in Idaho, include the "Sky Gate" lookout tower, where visitors can look into four states.

  • The Cataldo mission is the oldest building in the state.

  • American Falls is unique in most communities as the entire city was relocated in the mid-1920s when the original American Falls Dam was built.

  • Rexburg is home to Ricks College, the country's largest private two-year college.

  • Elk River is home to the Idaho Champion Western Red Cedar Tree, the state's largest tree. This giant is over 3000 years old and more than 18 feet in diameter and 177 feet tall.

  • Caldwell's Albertson College of Idaho was founded in 1891 as the College of Idaho and is the state's oldest four-year college.

  • At Trinity Mountain, the highest fire view in the Boise National Forest sits at 9,500 feet.

  • In Idaho, the law prohibits a citizen from giving a box of candy to another citizen that weighs more than 50 pounds.

  • The city of Grace in the Gem Valley is famous for its certified seed potatoes.

  • Blackfoot is home to the Eastern Idaho State Fair.

  • The Dworshak Reservoir is over 50 miles long. The Dworshak dam is in Orofino.

  • Grangeville is located in northern Idaho. The community is considered the escape in five wilderness areas and four national forests totaling 5 1/2 million hectares. The sum is to Alaska only in the designated wilderness zone.

  • In 1896, Council Valley shortened its name to Council.

  • The Lewis & Clark Highway (United State Highway 12) is the shortest route from the Midwest to the Pacific Coast and the longest highway within a national forest in the country.

  • The altitude of Cambridge is 2,650 meters above sea level with the surrounding mountains reaching elevations 100% 0 feet and plummeting to about 1,500 feet in Hells Canyon.

  • The Idaho City economy originally developed around gold mines in the 1860s.

  • Heyburn, originally called Riverton, is the fourth oldest community in the Mini-Cassia region and the second largest border town in today's Minidoka County.

  • Bruneau Dunes State Park contains North America's tallest single textured sand dune. It stands 470 feet high.

  • Bruneau Canyon Overlook offers a glimpse of a 1,200-foot-deep, 100-foot wide gorge.

  • Downey's first trading store, the W. A. ​​Hyde Co., was built in 1894.

  • The Kamiah Valley is rich in heritage and legends of Nez Perce. It was here, among the ancestors of today's Nez Perce, that the Appaloosa horse was first bred, especially for use as a war-bull.

  • In 1973, the Sawtooth Recreation Area north of Ketchum opened its doors and made the community gate to the Sawtooths.

  • On August 8, 1905, Kimberly auctioned city plots for prices between $ 100 and $ 750.

  • Idaho's world-famous hot springs are located in Lava Hot Springs.

  • Hell's Canyon is the deepest gorge in America.

  • Shoshone Falls, the Niagara of the West, spills over a 212-foot fall near Twin Falls.

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