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Idaho was admitted as the 43rd state of the U.S. on July 3, 1890. Idaho is called, "The Gem State"




“IDAHO is generally supposed to be a corruption of an Indian word meaning “Gem of the Mountains.” This however is disputed Joaquin Miller the poet writes as follows on the subject:



The distinction of naming Idaho certainly belongs to my old friend Colonel Craig, (now dead) of Craig's Mountain, Nez Perce county. As for some fellow naming it in Congress- Bah! The name was familiar in 5,000 men's mouths as they wallowed through the snow in '61 on their way to the Oro Fino mines, long before Congress or any man in Congress ever heard of the discovery.” (Source: Early History of Idaho, William John McConnell, p. 27)



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