Origin of "Idaho"

Idaho State Name Origin

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Shoshone Indian scout

Shoshone Indian scout photo from Wind River Indian Reservation (believed to be public domain).

What does "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 phrase: "E Dah Hoe (How)" supposedly meaning Gem of the Mountains. By the time the deception was discovered, the name "Idaho" was already in common use.

Idaho

Images

State of Idaho, USA (image by TUBS on Wikipedia (use permitted with attribution / share alike).

State of Idaho, USA map

Idaho geology and topography map courtesy of USGS: A Tapestry of Time and Terrain.

Idaho geology and topography map