Idaho History and Attractions

By | July 25, 2022

According to,Idaho is the ideal state for those who love landscapes where nature dominates with all its strength and wild beauty, after Alaska it is the largest state with parks and nature reserves in every place. For those who can’t give up on urban life, however, Idaho reserves the capital Boise, where there is no shortage of clubs and a quirky nightlife.

The territory is crossed by the Salmon River which, in addition to offering the opportunity for adventures with rafting along its course, is also very inaccessible and is the longest river in the United States. Another first is the gorges of Hells Canyon, which are the deepest in the USA


According to, Idaho became a territory of conquest when gold, silver and lead deposits were discovered, which allowed the start of industrialization and trade in the country. Sadly known for having also given home to a movement that praised the white race as supreme and chosen, it all ended only in the late 1980s with the death of the ideologue.

Idaho is currently supported by tourism and manufactured industries as well as agriculture.

City to visit

Boise presents itself as a very welcoming and open urban center also for the widespread gay -friendly mentality. The city is full of clubs, restaurants next to buildings that still retain the colonial neoclassical architecture, located at the foot of the mountains, it is considered a pleasant place to live.

Sun Valley, on the other hand, is one of the best ski resorts in the United States; villas of the Hollywood jet set stand next to the most characteristic urban center with alpine-style houses, but also boutiques and refined restaurants. The well-known writer Hemingway also stayed here for the last ten years of his life.

Nature and sport

A unique experience for the bravest is undoubtedly the descent of the Salmon River aboard a rafting dinghy, along the path that lasts a few days, you can swim in thermal springs, observe wild animals, visit prehistoric parks, fish. trout in the clear waters of the river.
Considering the low height of the Idaho territory in general, it can be understood why it is so covered with lush forests, which are also the natural habitat for numerous species of animals, first of all the moose. In the forests it is also possible to go hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, rock climbing…
For a unique campsite, the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area is ideal., with the deepest gorge in North America, it is an area rich in natural beauty and offers the opportunity to participate in numerous outdoor activities with breathtaking views.
Finally, in the Silver Valley today there are more than 72 different minerals that make the Idaho subsoil rich and keep its mining activity alive.

NAMED: “The Gem State”
ORIGIN NAME: Word of Amerindian origin whose meaning is unknown, it served to designate the territory starting from 1863.
MEMBER UNION SINCE: 3 July 1890 (43rd state)
POPULATION: 1,251,700
CAPITAL POPULATION: 226,115 residents
MOTTO: “Esto perpetua (It is forever)”
TREE: Western White Pine
BIRD: Mountain Bluebird
FLOWER: Syringa
SONG: Here we have Idaho
THE FLAG: Women represent freedom, justice and equality. The man is a miner. The images on the screen represent the major industries of forestry, farming and mining. The cornucopia is a symbol of abundance. The moose head represents wildlife. The flag was adopted in 1907.
AGRICULTURE: Livestock, potatoes, dairy products, wheat, sugar beets, barley.
INDUSTRY: Processing of food products, wood and derivatives, chemicals, paper products, silver and other mining products, tourism.

Idaho economy

The agricultural sector dominates the entire economy of the state. The main products are potatoes, wheat, hay and barley, but many other crops are economically relevant.

The production of construction timber is highly developed, as is that of paper timber. A substantial income is given by trout fishing, organized on an industrial basis.

Prevailing is the extraction of silver, together with zinc, lead and phosphates. Over the last few decades, the sudden rise in the price of gold and silver has led to the reactivation of abandoned mines and increased exploitation of those in operation, especially near Coeur d’Alene.

Only after 1940 did the state undergo industrial development, of considerable magnitude, even if the lack of iron and steel and the scarcity of population restricted production to the agricultural and timber, electronic and construction machinery sectors. The construction and timber industries have embarked on a broad policy of land reclamation, reforestation and road design.

A mountainous barrier in the center of the state has made a road network between north and south impracticable, currently only connected by a highway built in 1938. As a result, Spokane serves as a commercial center for the northern regions, Salt Lake City for those Southeast and Boise for Southwest.

While the mountains create serious economic problems, at the same time they constitute a natural heritage from which tourism benefits. Thanks to federal grants, Idaho has developed areas of great tourist attraction, such as the Lava Hot Springs State Resort, near Pocatello, or winter sports resorts such as Sun Valley. Particularly famous is Yellowstone National Park, bordering Wyoming.

Idaho economy