Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
|Which famous performer attempted a nationally publicized stunt in Twin Falls Idaho, involving the Snake River?||Idaho State History
Evil Knievel. In May 1975, Evil Knievel attempted to jump the Snake River Canyon on a steam powered, rocket, motorcycle. Although a malfunction prevented the success of this jump he was not harmed and the trick has become famous.
Basque. In the early 1900's Basque immigrants came to Idaho to raise sheep and other herd animals in the hills surrounding Boise and Idaho still has a large, celebrated, Basque population.
|During the Gold Rush of the 1800's which minority group comprised 1/4 of Idaho's total pouplation?||Idaho State History
Chinese. Large numbers of Chinese came to Idaho to mine and with the railroad. Later the same century some groups fled east to escape mistreatment. The Chinese population fell sharply.
The Oregon Trail. Although it is called the Oregon trail, this route from the East to West left settlers all over the country, including Idaho. Idaho has markers and centers marking the path the trail wound through the state.
Lewis and Clark. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark embarked on a journey across the American continent. Their goal was to study wildlife, plants, Native American tribes, geography, and terrain. They employed the expertise of a Native American guide from Idaho named Sacagawea.
|Which natural resource discovered on the Clearwater River brought a large number of people to Idaho after 1860?||Idaho State History
Gold. Idaho's gold output quickly became so large that it totaled close to 20% of the country's total output. Shipping gold was expensive, so the government built an Assay Office in Boise in 1869. The building is still standing and is used by the State Historic Preservation Office.
|Prior to 1846 Idaho, as part of the Oregon Country, was claimed by both the United States and which country?||Idaho State History
Great Britain. The British called this area Columbia. Oregon Country consisted of: all of Washington, Idaho and Oregon; as well as parts of Montana, Wyoming and Canada's British Columbia.
Nez Perce and Shoshone. Idaho has also had populations of Bannock, Blackfeet, Coeur d'Alene, Kootenai, Northern Paiute, Palouse, Kalispell and Spokane Salish tribes.
Gem State. Although many people associate Idaho with potatoes it was nicknamed the gem state because it has an abundance of natural resources. Its capital city is Boise, which means the city of trees.
43rd. Hawaii was the 50th state, Wisconsin was the 30th state, and Kentucky was the 15th state.