Thursday, May 26

Facts about Idaho

Idaho Facts 

Learn facts about Idaho for kids.

Are you ready to learn some cool facts about Idaho? I love learning facts about the different states. I would like to share some of those cool facts with you! I will be posting facts about each of the fifty states in the United States. The states will be done in alphabetical order! Last week, we posted facts about Hawaii. This week, we are posting cool facts about Idaho. You will learn about Idaho's state flag, bird, and many other state facts.

Did you know that Idaho was the 43rd state to join the union? Yes, that is correct. Idaho officially joined the union on July 3, 1890! Idaho is located in the Northwestern region of the United States. It is bordered by five (5) states: Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, and Montana. Idaho is the fourteenth (14th) largest state in the United States. It is one of the biggest states. About 1,900,920 people live in Idaho.


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Facts about Idaho:

1. A few things Idaho is known for are its potatoes, beautiful mountains, mining gems, and its beautiful wilderness. The nicknames for Idaho are The Gem State, The Gem of the Mountains, and The Potato State. The Gem State is Idaho’s official nickname. The Gem State became Idaho’s official nickname in 1863/1967. The Idaho state motto is Esto perpetua. The motto means let it be perpetual. The abbreviation for Idaho is ID.

2. The capital of Idaho is Boise. Boise officially became the capital of Idaho on December 24, 1864, long before Idaho joined the union. Boise has a population of around 228,057 people.

3. The Idahoan state bird is the Mountain bluebird, which was chosen as the state bird in 1931. The Idahoan male Mountain bluebird is a beautiful blue color with white underneath. The female Mountain bluebird is grayish brown with blue streaks on its wings.

4. The Idahoan official state flower is the Syringa. The Syringa grows on shrubs, which can be short or tall. It starts blooming during the late spring months and can be found all over the state. They are very beautiful flowers!! The syringa became Idaho’s official state flower in 1931.

5. Idaho's first flag was used on March 12, 1907, and has been modified over the years.

6. Some crops grown in Idaho are barley, corn, mint, onions, potatoes, and wheat.

7. The Shoshone Falls Park, Sandpoint, and Lava Hot Springs are a few places to visit in Idaho.

8. Some animals that live in Idaho are the Bison, Coyotes, Grizzly bears, Mountain lions, Rattlesnakes, wildcats, and wolverines.  

9. Idaho can get very hot and cold, depending on the time of year. The hottest temperature in Idaho was 118 degrees Fahrenheit in Orofino on July 28, 1934. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Idaho was -60 degrees (60 degrees below zero) Fahrenheit in Island Park Dam on January 18, 1943.

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 Idaho worksheet

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Books about Idaho:

1. Good Night Idaho by Adam Gamble

2. Let's Count Idaho: Numbers and Colors in the Gem State by Stephanie Miles

3. P is for Potato: An Idaho Alphabet by Stan Steiner

4. My First Book About Idaho! by Carole Marsh

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You can also use the 50 States tab at the top of my page to find all the 50 states' posts in one convenient place. 



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