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Idaho State Name Origin

Shoshone Indian scout - click to see all state name origins
Shoshone Indian scout photo from: Wind River Indian Reservation
(believed to be public domain). See All State Name Origins.

Idaho - click to see all state name origins

What does the word "Idaho" mean?

Idaho is an invented word! Mining lobbyist George M. Willing presented the name "Idaho" to congress for a new territory around Pike's Peak, claiming it was a Shoshone Indian word meaning "Gem of the Mountains." By the time the deception was discovered, the name "Idaho" was already in common use.
 

Source:
Idaho State Symbols: Idaho.gov
Links:
All State Name Origins

A Danish Photographer of Idaho Indians
 A Danish Photographer of Idaho Indians: Benedicte Wrensted
By Joanna Cohan Scherer: Customer Review: " ... a delight for a wide variety of purchasers, whether their interests lie in biography, history, photography, or Idaho Indians ... " more

    

Boise, Idaho 1882-1910: Prosperity in Isolation
Boise, Idaho 1882-1910: Prosperity in Isolation:
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Comprehensive examination of Boise's beginnings starting with the removal of the Northern Shoshoni ... describes architecture, the arts, & culture ... changes in ethnic and religious makeup... takes the reader on an in-depth tour ... more

Idaho Gifts - Gifts by State

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Idaho Symbols & Icons:

bird - raptor
fish - insect
horse - fossil
stone - gem - soil
flower - tree
fruit - vegetable

flag - seal
motto - quarter
name origin
nickname
song
folk dance
 

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