History Surrounds Us...
You Just have to know where to look!
History engulfs Idaho. It resonates
in her cities, cascades along her riverbanks and hides in her
mountain valleys. But finding history is an elusive task: buildings
crumble, landscapes change and generations pass on.
Even Lewis and Clark Had a Guide
Recognizing the Gem State's
rich history can be difficult if you don't know where to look
and what you are looking at. Like so many things worth finding,
a guide is needed. This guide will allow you to connect Idaho's
lush history with her scenic geography, tying events to specific
Become a Road Scholar
The guide fits in your glove
compartment and acts as a traveling companion with a degree
in history. Historical meaning will materialize from unexpected
places: a point in a river where pioneers crossed, a mountain
valley where a battle was fought, a rocky peak used by Native
Americans to symbolically explain their world. From the caves
of prehistoric man to the first town to be powered by atomic
energy, the Idaho we have today is inherited from the ancestors
of this great land. As you drive through the state's mountains,
valleys and plains you'll relive those events, places and personalities
that have led to the Idaho and Idahoans we have today.
At left: The Myer and Smith Store
in Idaho City. Idaho City was once eyed as a potential capital
for a Montana Territory that would include almost all of the
Idaho and Western Montana gold regions and Wyoming. The U.S.
House of Representatives passed a bill in 1863 to establish
this new territory, but it was never implemented.
Idaho Highway Historical Marker Guide page 51
For comments, suggestions and
corrections, e-mail the Office of Communications