If you ask someone about the state of Idaho, you will usually get a response that resembles what you might think of a stereotypical western state. Throughout much of the beginning of the great American expansion, Idaho was left unexplored and untouched on account of the steep mountains and treacherous territory. It took a gold discovery to bring people to the state, which didn’t occur until the middle of the 1800′s.
Perhaps the best part of the history of the state is where the name Idaho came from. The story goes that a man suggested the name saying that it was a Native American word meaning ‘gem of the mountains’. After this was investigated, it was found to be completely untrue, but the name had already stuck and people were already calling Idaho their home.
Still a frontier state, Idaho maintains the natural look of its frontier days. Larger cities are scattered pretty far from each other, and there is only one really large city, Boise. Mining is still a big part of the economy of the state, through the technology bug has bitten and the state has moved into the microprocessor industry. There are also nuclear power plants spread throughout the state requiring a highly educated workforce on a continual basis.
Relocating to Idaho? Keep these fun facts in your mind as you do.
- Idaho is home to many important and unique things in the country including the site for disposal of spent fuel from the US Navy’s nuclear program and the nation’s largest private two year college.
- The state of Idaho comes in second only to Alaska in terms of how many national forests and designated wilderness areas there are. All of these forests account for over five million acres of land.
- Idaho law prohibits anyone who is considered a citizen from giving any other person considered a citizen a box of candy that weighs more than fifty pounds.
- The largest parade in the state is presented annually for the once-a-year celebration of Mountain Home Air Force Appreciation Day.
- Idaho law prohibits any form of city government other than a mayor and a manager form.
Idaho is a widespread area full of beauty, mountains, and unspoiled natural wonders that would leave anyone in awe. While moving there might be difficult, it will always be well worth the trouble that it took to get there.