Idaho, land of the potatoes, could not possibly have any fun, interesting or notable facts about it, right? There are actually quite a few things such as nearly every type of gemstone there is, including star garnets, and so much more. The state capitol is one of the only ones in the nation that is heated by geothermal water that has to be pumped from 3,000 feet below the earth’s surface. The name Idaho means the land of many waters, pretty ironic for a landlocked state you may say, however, there are over 100,000 miles of river in Idaho’s boundaries. This puts Idaho in first place for most waterways in state lines. Idaho is also home to Hells Canyon which is the deepest river gorge in North America. Hells Canyon is 7,993 feet deep, for comparison, the Grand Canyon is about 6,000 feet deep. Idaho is full of fun facts that are very interesting but also very unknown. There are plenty of hidden treasures within the state lines of Idaho whether it be an actual treasure in the mines of Idaho or natural wonders such as Hells Canyon or the beautiful rivers that we get to enjoy.
There is a city called Soda Springs in Idaho and that city is home to the Soda Springs Geyser. This geyser is the only captive on in the US. It was discovered when people were drilling into the ground to create a natural hot springs but instead, they released the geyser; that was quite the shock when water started shooting one hundred feet into the air. Luckily, they were able to cover the geyser and now it only releases water on a timer that releases the water once every hour. The water that is released is around 72 degrees Fahrenheit. People come from all over to see this geyser and it is a fun weekend trip for most people that live in Idaho. There is another town called American Falls and if you saw it now you would think it was just a quaint town with a peaceful and slow moving lifestyle. However, this town was relocated completely in the mid-nineteen twenties when the first dam was built. The whole community just picked up and moved to a better location. This is the only community in the US that can say they have done that.
On the more humorous side of these Idaho facts, there is a law that one citizen cannot give another citizen a bag of candy that weighs more than fifty pounds. A lot of people have this law turned around and think that you are not allowed to give your significant other less than fifty pounds of candy. Due to this discrepancy, many people question the validity of the law in general. Whatever the case may be it is still a funny thing to think about. There are other silly laws such as you cannot fish while riding on a camel’s back, what could have possibly spurred the creation of that law? Snakes are also not allowed to bite people on a Sunday unless there is a snowstorm, just picture a police officer trying to arrest a snake. These are all silly little laws that have made their way onto lists of funny laws that people have compiled from states all across the nation. There are a lot of funny ones but Idaho has some of the wackiest laws on the list.
Kamiah Valley is where the first Appaloosa horse was bred. This breed was popular with the Nez Perce and it was used as a war horse and it is now the state horse. Shoshone Falls dumps water 212 feet down. These falls are located near Twin Falls and are nicknamed the Niagara Falls. This area is a great place to visit especially during the light shows that are put during certain times of the year. There are a lot of crazy and interesting things about Idaho that makes life here entertaining. There is always something new that you can learn and do when in Idaho. Idaho is also home of the Birds of Prey Wildlife Area that is the world’s most densely populated place of nesting eagles, falcons and hawks. The Birds of Prey area is a great place to visit for all ages and there are so many things that you can learn and you can see the birds in person. Not many people can say that they have seen these types of birds in person. There are people there that can answer questions and give you a little look into the lives of the wildlife that reside in Idaho. There are many beautiful places to go that help you connect with your surroundings and give you activities to do outside.
Not many people know much about what Idaho has to offer and it is easy for the state to go by unnoticed but there are a lot of things that this state offers as far as interesting facts, great outdoor landmarks and places to visit. There are some funny things that you might find about the culture in Idaho and you might be surprised at some of the things that you may find if you move here or even come for a visit. There are a lot of opportunities for you to go visit places like the state capitol, the falls, a man-made geyser and birds of prey. You are sure to learn something new about the past, present and even the future by learning these interesting facts about the state of Idaho. For example, there is a lot of geothermal activity below the surface and that affects our past, present and future. This is not something that most people think about but it is very interesting once you do. If you come to Idaho make sure to do what you can to learn about its history and the fun facts that you can find all about the state.