Posted by on June 27, 2014 in Research
Library of Congress, “531(?) Chance Mine,” print from black and white negative, Prints & Photographs Online Catalog, ( http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/96515275/ : accessed 25 Jun 2014), Reproduction no. LC-USZ62-116688

Library of Congress, “531(?) Chance Mine,” print from black and white negative,
Prints & Photographs Online Catalog, ( http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/96515275/ : accessed 25 Jun 2014), Reproduction no. LC-USZ62-116688

Idaho was admitted to the Union on July 3, 1890 as the 43rd state.

Five things you might not have known about Idaho:

  1. State law forbids a citizen to give another citizen a box of candy weighing more than 50 pounds.
  2. Hell’s Canyon is the deepest gorge in America at around 1,500 feet.
  3. Idaho has multiple ghost towns including Silver City, Yankee Fork, Gold Dredge, and the Sierra Silver Mine.
  4. 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.
  5. Sixty-three percent of Idaho is public land managed by the federal government.
Our new free state guide, “Idaho Research Guide: Family History Sources in the Gem State,” has an overview and timeline of the state, along with resources to explore when searching for your Mississippi ancestors.
Guides for other states are also available in the Learning Center under Free State Research Guides.

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.

1 Comment

Adriana 

I guess I’m going to have to eat that 51-pound box of candy. Oh darn.

Thank you for another wonderful state guide. I wish I had Idaho research to do!

June 27, 2014 at 12:29 pm

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