National Idaho Day

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Hey there, fellow national day enthusiasts! Grab your potatoes and get ready to celebrate because it's National Idaho Day! This special day is all about the Gem State and everything that makes it utterly 'spudtacular'. So, put on your potato-themed hat and let's dive into the deep-fried fun!

When is Idaho Day?

It's national idaho day on the 17th May.

The Roots of National Idaho Day

Just like the mighty potato, the origins of National Idaho Day are a bit mysterious. It seems to have sprouted up on the internet without much fanfare. But hey, that's the beauty of the internet, right? Random celebrations popping up like daisies in a field. And what better way to celebrate than to honor the state that produces one-third of all potatoes grown in the United States?

A State Full of Potat-tential

From the breathtaking landscapes of Coeur d'Alene to the iconic Boise River Greenbelt, Idaho has so much to offer. Not to mention the legendary Idaho potatoes that have made their way into the hearts, stomachs, and french fry baskets of people everywhere. These taters don't mess around - they're known for their fluffy texture and earthy flavor.

But Idaho's fame isn't limited to just potatoes. The state is also home to the impressive Shoshone Falls, often called the 'Niagara of the West,' and the Sun Valley Ski Resort, a winter wonderland for snow enthusiasts. Plus, you can't forget the delightful hot springs and the charming small towns where friendly locals will greet you with a smile and a wave.

Spud-tacular Celebrations

On National Idaho Day, there are countless ways you can celebrate the Gem State. Whip up a batch of crispy hash browns, or maybe some loaded potato skins. If you're feeling adventurous, try making the world's largest potato pancake (just be sure to invite the whole neighborhood to share in the feast!). And of course, don't forget to don your spud-themed attire and raise a glass filled with potato vodka. Just kidding, stay hydrated with water!

Fun Fact: The Potato Capital

Did you know that the city of Blackfoot, Idaho, is known as the 'Potato Capital of the World'? This spud-lovers paradise even has a museum dedicated to celebrating the almighty potato. You can learn about the history of potato farming, see vintage farming equipment, and maybe even get a taste of some delicious spud-inspired treats. It's truly a potato enthusiast's dream come true!

History behind the term 'Idaho'


Lewis and Clark Encounter

In the year 1805, the famous explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark embarked on their historic expedition to explore the western portion of the United States. During their journey, they encountered a Native American tribe called the Shoshone, who referred to themselves as 'E dah hoe,' meaning 'The People.' This encounter marks the first recorded mention of the term 'Idaho.'


Gold Rush Influence

In 1860, the discovery of gold in the region now known as Idaho sparked a gold rush. Miners and prospectors flocked to the area in search of fortune, leading to an influx of settlers. As the population grew, the territory was informally referred to as 'Idaho.' The term gained popularity and was commonly used among the gold seekers and residents alike.


Idaho Territory Established

Following the increased settlement and economic activity, the U.S. Congress passed legislation on March 4, 1863, establishing the Idaho Territory. The new territory took its name from the term 'Idaho' that had become well-known in the region. The territorial designation solidified the use of the term to describe the area.


Statehood Achieved

After several years as a territory, Idaho officially became the 43rd state of the United States on July 3, 1890. The term 'Idaho' transitioned from referring to just a territory to encompassing an entire state. This significant event further solidified the cultural impact of the term and its association with the region.


State Motto Adopted

In 1957, Idaho adopted its official state motto, 'Esto Perpetua,' which is Latin for 'Let it be perpetual.' The motto captures the enduring spirit and pride of the state. It also serves as a reminder of the historical significance and continuous cultural impact of the term 'Idaho' throughout the years.

Did you know?

Did you know that the city of Blackfoot, Idaho, is known as the 'Potato Capital of the World'?


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