Interesting Facts About Idaho

The State of Idaho is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States of America. The state’s largest city and capital is Boise. Residents are called “Idahoans.” Idaho was admitted to the Union on July 3, 1890 as the 43rd state.

  • Hell’s Canyon is the deepest gorge in America.
  • Idaho, especially the city of Grace, is most famous for their certified seed potatoes.
  • Treasure Valley, around Nampa, is known as Idaho’s Banana Belt.
  • Anderson Dam is known for its blue-ribbon fly-fishing.
  • Idaho is the leading producer of potatoes in the nation, accounting for nearly one-third of the national production.
  • The town of Arco became the first community in the world electrified by nuclear power, when a local plant began production in 1951.
  • During the 1860s an Oregon Shoreline Railroad base camp called Boomerang was constructed in Payette.
  • Sun Valley is recognized as the home of America’s first destination ski resort.
  • Soda Springs is the largest man-made geyser in the world.
  • The Cataldo mission is the oldest building in the state.
  • Post Falls is known as Idaho’s River City.
  • Shoshone Falls, The Niagara of the West, spills over a 212-foot drop near Twin Falls.
  • On August 8, 1905, Kimberly auctioned city lots for prices ranging from $100 to $750.
  • Soda Springs boasts the largest man-made geyser in the world.
  • Pocatello is home to Idaho State University.
  • Saint 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 pioneered television technology.
  • Lewiston is located at the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers. The elevation is 738 feet above sea level.
  • The Treasure Valley area around Nampa is known as Idaho’s Banana Belt.
  • Idaho’s world famous hot springs are located in Lava Hot Springs.
  • Kuna is known as the Gateway City to the Birds of Prey Natural Area.
  • Birds of Prey Wildlife Area is home to the world’s most dense population of nesting eagles, hawks, and falcons.
  • At 5897 feet elevation, Mackay calls itself the Top of Idaho because it is the nearest city to Mt. Borah, the highest mountain in Idaho.
  • The entire town of American Falls was moved in the 1920s when the original American Falls Dam was constructed.
  • Bruneau Dunes State Park has the tallest single structured sand dune in North America.
  • Shoshone Falls spills over a 212-foot drop near Twin Falls.
  • Seven Devils’ Peaks has Heaven’s Gate Lookout where you can see into four states.
  • Under Idaho law only two forms of city government are allowed: a mayor/councilor or a council/manager form.
  • Shelley has been the home of the Idaho Annual Spud Day since 1927.