Idaho was admitted to the Union on July 3, 1890 as the 43rd state.
Five things you might not have known about Idaho:
- State law forbids a citizen to give another citizen a box of candy weighing more than 50 pounds.
- Hell’s Canyon is the deepest gorge in America at around 1,500 feet.
- Idaho has multiple ghost towns including Silver City, Yankee Fork, Gold Dredge, and the Sierra Silver Mine.
- The shortest route from the midwest to the Pacific Coast is the Lewis & Clark Highway which runs through Idaho. It is also the longest highway in a national forest.
- Sixty-three percent of Idaho is public land managed by the federal government.
About Anne Gillespie Mitchell
Anne Gillespie Mitchell is a Senior Product Manager at Ancestry.com. She is an active blogger on Ancestry.com and writes the Ancestry Anne column. She has been chasing her ancestors through Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina for many years. Anne holds a certificate from Boston University's Online Genealogical Research Program, and is currently on the clock working towards certification from the Board for Certification of Genealogists. You can also find her on Twitter, Facebook and Finding Forgotten Stories.