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Capital Boise
Nickname The Gem State
Official Language None
Governor Butch Otter, R
Senator Mike Crapo, R
(202) 224-6142
Senator James Risch, R
(202) 224-2752
[No contact info]
Ratification of Constitution/or statehood July 3, 1890 (43rd)
Flag of Idaho Motto: "Esto Perpetua" (Let it be Perpetual)

Idaho is a state in the USA, becoming the 43rd state to enter the Union on July 3, 1890. It is to the south of Canada, to the north of Nevada, to the west of Montana and to the east of Washington and Oregon. Idaho is known for producing potatoes.

Elected officials




Idaho is a red state, with the Republican Party dominating federal and state politics there since achieving statehood.

Idaho does not recognize same-sex marriage or same-sex civil unions, both of which are banned in its state Constitution.

Higher education

Three major universities are located in Idaho. In the city of Moscow, in northwestern Idaho on the border of Washington, is the University of Idaho. Boise State University, located in southwestern Idaho in the city of Boise, is the biggest and most well known University. In the little known city of Pocatello, Idaho State University can be found. Recently, Boise State University has had great success in NCAA football, winning their first BCS Bowl game this past winter with their thrilling Fiesta Bowl victory over Oklahoma.[1]

Miscellaneous facts

The capital and largest city of Idaho is Boise.

The state is known as the Gem state.

The name "Idaho" is almost certainly a word made up by lobbyist George Willing, who falsely claimed it was a word in the Shoshone language. [2]

The movie Napoleon Dynamite was set in Idaho, and the Idaho State House of Representatives passed a resolution honoring the movie. [3]

Notable people from Idaho

Philo Farnsworth, a pioneer of television, was from Rigby.

W. Mark Felt, who admitted to being the government source that exposed President Richard Nixon in the Watergate Affair, was born in Twin Falls.

Author Ernest Hemingway lived in Ketchum.

Ezra Pound, a notable Modernist poet, was born in Hailey.


See Also

Idaho Falls Idaho Temple