IDAHO HISTORICAL BACKGROUND & LINKS
History and genealogy are tightly tied together, with a great deal that has been written about the state's history containing loads of information of interest to genealogists. This page contains links to resources on the web, both within IDGENWEB and elsewhere, about Idaho history.
Quick Facts about Idaho
Nickname: Gem State.
Motto: Esto Perptua meaning "may she endure forever."
State Tree: Western White Pine (Pinus monticola)
State Flower: Western Syringa (Philadelphus lewisii)
State Bird: Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides)
Became a Territory: 4 March 1863 (included most of Montana/Wyoming at that time)
Formed from: Oregon and Washington Territories (at least the portion that became Idaho State)
Admission to Statehood: 3 July 1890
Resourceful Links for Idaho
- History of Idaho: Gem of the Mountains Vol I (1920)
- History of Idaho: Gem of the Mountains Vol III (1920)
- History of Idaho: Gem of the Mountains Vol IV (1920)
- Idaho Photos at Ghost Town Gallery
- Bancroft's History of Idaho - 1890 (from Judy White)
- Idaho State Historical Society Reference Series
- The Oregon Trail in Idaho (still under construction)
- IDGENWEB Idaho Postcard Collection
- Diary of Inez M. Hoag's 1919 Road trip that included Idaho.
- Route and photos from 1919 Road trip through Idaho
- The Teton Dam Flood - 1976
- Idaho Territory and State Early Officers
- Wallace's fight against devastating 1910 fire
- Photos of a family farm - Pingree Idaho
- Idaho History Timeline - at Idaho State Historical Society
- Official Idaho History from the State of Idaho
- Great information and photos on Mining in Idaho
- The History of Idaho by John Hailey - 1910
- Early History of Idaho by W. J. McConnell - 1913
- Bancroft's History of Washington, Idaho and Montana: 1845-1889
- History of the State of Idaho by C. J. Brosnan - 1918