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43rd State (July 3, 1890), northwest U.S.

State Abbreviation: ID

Nickname: Gem State, Spud State

Origin of Name: Idaho is an invented word






Idaho State Symbols:

Capital: Boise
Motto: Esto perpetua (Let it be perpetual)
Idaho State Seal
Bird: Mountain Bluebird
Dance: Square Dance
Fish: Cutthroat trout
Flower: Syringa
Fossil: Hagerman Horse Fossil
Gemstone: Idaho Star Garnet
Horse: Appaloosa
Insect: Monarch Butterfly
Raptor: Peregrine Falcon
Song: Here We Have Idaho
Tree: Western White Pine
Idaho State Historical Society State Symbols PDF

Idaho State Symbols
Information Sheet
and Color Pages (pdf)

Things to Know

Major Rivers: Coeur d'Alene River, Snake River, St. Joe River, St. Maries River, Kootenai River

The Snake River flows north through the Hells Canyon and forms the boundary between Idaho and Oregon.

The deepest river gorge in the North American Continent is Idaho's Hells Canyon - 7,900 feet deep.

Shoshone Falls on the Snake River, drops 212 feet.

The Snake River Birds of Prey Natural Area, near Kuna, is the location of the largest concentration of nesting raptors in North America.

Famous Idahoans

Gutzon Borglum 1871-1941
Mt. Rushmore sculptor

Dean Oliver
Won eight world championships in rodeo calf roping plus three titles as world champion all-around cowboy. Includes a video clip of Dean Oliver.

Things to Do

Idaho State Bird and State Flower Printable Color Page.
Before printing under File in Page Setup set margins to zero.

Sites to See

Idaho A Portrait
Explore Idaho.

Lewis & Clark in Idaho
A production of Idaho Public Television

Craters of the Moon
Includes pictures of Craters of the Moon a large lava flow field with cinder cones, spatter cones, lava tubes, volcanic bombs and tree molds.

Ghost Towns of Idaho

Idaho History Timeline
Timeline of major events from the Idaho State Historical Society.

Color Page

Idaho Flag

Things To Do-Other Sites

Idaho State Quarter
Read about the Idaho State Quater and print out the color page.

Idaho Potato-Just for Kids


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