Happy Birthday to the State of Idaho!
According to the Idaho State Historical Society, Idaho officially joined the Union as the 43rd state on July 3, 1890.
In those 122 years, the state has been home to innovators like Philo Farnsworth from Rigby, the "Father of Television”, Joe Albertson, who opened his first supermarket in Boise in 1939 and J.R. Simplot, who began dehydrating potatoes in Caldwell in 1941.
It’s also been home to innovations, like the world's first ski chair lift in Sun Valley in 1936, and the town first powered by nuclear fission, the city of Arco in 1951.
Even KTVB played an important part in Idaho’s history, as it became the first television station in the state in 1953 under the call letters KIDO-TV.
Idahoans have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame (Harmon Killebrew of Payette - 1985), been into space (Barbara Morgan of McCall - 2007) and we've won Super Bowls (Korey Hall of Glenns Ferry - 2011). Numerous Olympic and Special Olympic medals have come home draped around the necks of Idaho athletes.
It’s hard to quantify over a hundred years of history when so many unique accomplishments and figures have come from the Gem State (so named because Idaho produces 72 types of precious and semi-precious stones, some of which can only be found in Idaho).
Idaho’s also gained another reputation, one that can be seen in the slogan on Idaho license plates: “Famous Potatoes”. According to the Idaho Potato Commission, Idaho has produced more potatoes than any other state every year since 1957.
With 122 years behind it and more set to come, the state of Idaho is set to see even more scientists, sports stars, inventors, political leaders and residents who proudly claim Idaho as their home state.
Idaho State Quiz
Think you know everything about Idaho? Take our quiz! Just click your answer to see if you’re correct.
6. What is the state dance?
A) West Coast Swing
B) Square Dance
7. What is the state insect?
A) Monarch Butterfly
8. Who drew the Great Seal of Idaho?
A) Henry Spalding
B) Emma Edwards
C) Sallie Hume-Douglas
9. What is the state fruit?
10. What is the state gem?
A) Blue Agate
B) Star Garnet
C) Smoky Quartz