Idaho History, Geography, Population, State Facts

The Gem State

Great Seal of the State of Idaho

Adopted in March 14, 1891; 1957.

Idaho has the only Great Seal designed by a woman, Emma Edwards Green at the period when she designed the Great Seal for the State of Idaho. The only woman ever to achieve such distinction in the United States, she won in competition sponsored by the First Legislature for the State of Idaho. She was handed the honorarium by Governor Norman B. Willey on March 5, 1891.

The Idaho region was explored by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark in 1805–1806. It was then a part of the Oregon country, held jointly by the United States and Great Britain. Boundary disputes with Great Britain were settled by the Oregon Treaty in 1846, and the first permanent U.S. settlement in Idaho was established by the Mormons at Franklin in 1860.

After gold was discovered at Orofino Creek in 1860, prospectors swarmed into the territory, but they left little more than a number of ghost towns.

Seven Devils - Idaho

Capital City: Boise

Capitol Tour

Idaho: State of Idaho Official Web Site

Admission to Statehood: Click for Date & List

Airports: Airports MapAirport Links

Amtrak: West

Area: 83574 sq.mi, 14th   Land 82751 sq. mi., 11th   Water 823 sq.mi., 33rd

Area Codes: Idaho

Biographies: Famous People from Idaho

Bird: Mountain Bluebird

Border States: Regional List  •  Montana  •  Nevada •  Oregon •  Utah •  Washington •  Wyoming

Cam World: Live Web Cams

Climate: Idaho

Community Pages: Idaho Cities, Towns, Communities List

Constitution: 43rd State

County Profile: County Map   44 Counties

Courts: Judicial System

Current Events: Idaho News Headlines

Department of: Education •  Certification  | Idaho State University | University of Idaho

Driving: DMV

Economy: Agriculture: Cattle, potatoes, dairy products, wheat, sugar beets, barley.  Industry: Food processing, lumber and wood products, machinery, chemical products, paper products, silver and other mining, tourism.

Flag: Idaho (ID)

Flower: Syringa   Philadelphus lewisii

Cyndi's ListHistorical Societies

Geographic Center: Settlement of Custer on the Yankee Fork River, Custer County.

Geology Maps: Idaho

Ghost Towns: Ghost Towns

Governor: Office of Governor

Highest Point: Borah Peak; 12,662 feet, 11th

Highways: Idaho Highways

History: History Timeline   Historical  

Hotels, Motels & Inns:

Kids Corner: State of Idaho Kids Site

Library: Idaho 

License Plates: Idaho

Lottery: Idaho

Lowest Point: Snake River; 710 feet, 44th



Media: Radio •  TV

Motto: Esto perpetua (Let it be perpetual) It is forever

Museums: The Virtual Library

Name: Idaho is a coined or invented word, and is not a derivation of an Indian phrase "E Dah Hoe (How)" supposedly meaning "gem of the mountains."

National Forest: Idaho

Population: Quick facts   1,293,953; 39th, 12/00

Real Estate: Every Idaho City, Town & Community

Representatives: Idaho House: Members  • Idaho House: Members  • US House:   110th Congress  • US Senate:   110th Congress

Road Side America: Idaho

School Directory: Idaho

Soil: Idaho - Threebear

Song: Idaho  • 

Sports: Idaho Teams

State Parks: Idaho

Symbols: Idaho State Symbols


Travel: Idaho Travel

Tree: Western White Pine   Pinus monticola  

Veteran Affairs: Idaho IDVS

Visitor Guides: Idaho  Discover Idaho - the Official Idaho Travel Guide.

Weather: Boise, Boise Air Terminal

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Yellow Pages: Yellow