The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

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March 17, 2014

Hell's Canyon is the deepest gorge in America

- — 1.The Cataldo mission is the oldest building in the state.

2.American Falls is unique from most communities because the entire town was moved in the mid-1920s when the original American Falls Dam was constructed.

3.Rexburg is home to Ricks College, the largest private two-year college in the nation.

4.Elk River is the home of the Idaho Champion Western Red Cedar Tree, the largest tree in the state. Estimated to be over 3000 years old this giant is more than 18 feet in diameter and stands 177 feet tall.

5.Albertson College of Idaho in Caldwell was founded as the College of Idaho in 1891 and is the state's oldest four-year institution of higher learning.

6.Perched at 9,500 feet on Trinity Mountain is the highest fire lookout in the Boise National Forest.

7.In Idaho law forbids a citizen to give another citizen a box of candy that weighs more than 50 pounds.

8.The city of Grace in the Gem Valley is most famous for their certified seed potatoes.

9.Blackfoot is home of the Eastern Idaho State Fair.

10.The Dworshak Reservoir is over 50 miles long. The Dworshak Dam is in Orofino.

11.Grangeville is located in north central Idaho. The community is considered the getaway to five wilderness areas and four national forests totaling 5 1/2 million acres. The total is second only to Alaska in designated wilderness area.

12.In 1896 Council Valley shortened its name to Council.

13.The Lewis & Clark Highway (United State Highway 12) is the shortest route from the midwest to the Pacific Coast and the longest highway within a national forest in the nation.

14.The elevation of Cambridge is 2,650 feet above sea level with the surrounding mountains reaching elevations around 8000 feet and plummeting to around 1500 feet in Hells Canyon.

15.The economy of Idaho City originally developed around gold mining in the 1860s.

16.Heyburn, originally named Riverton, is the fourth oldest community in the Mini-Cassia area and the second frontier town to be settled in what is now the county of Minidoka.

17.Bruneau Dunes State Park contains North America's tallest single structured sand dune. It stands 470 feet high.

18.Bruneau Canyon Overlook offers a view into a 1,200 foot-deep, 800-foot-wide river canyon.

19.Downey's first mercantile store, the W. A. Hyde Co., was built in 1894.

20.The Kamiah Valley is rich in the heritage and legends of the Nez Perce. It was here, among the ancestors of the present day Nez Perce, the Appaloosa horse was first bred, primarily for use as a war animal.

21.In 1973, the Sawtooth Recreation Area opened its doors north of Ketchum, making the community the gateway to the Sawtooths.

22.On August 8, 1905, Kimberly auctioned city lots for prices ranging from $100 to $750.

23.Idaho's world famous hot springs are located in Lava Hot Springs.

24.Hell's Canyon is the deepest gorge in America.

25.Shoshone Falls, The Niagara of the West, spills over a 212-foot drop near Twin Falls.



 

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