Test Your Idaho History IQ
Test your Idaho history IQ with this quiz taken from the pages of the
Idaho Highway Historical Marker Guide:
1. Owyhee County was originally named
A) Trappers sent there from Hawaii. B) The
original Native American inhabitants. C) Army
Captain Patrick O'wyhe.
2. Frisco Mill is best known for:
A) Being the first silver mine in Northern
Idaho. B) Burning down in the fire of 1902.
C) Bloody gun battles between the mining
union and management.
3. Oro Fino City flourished in 1861
A) Gold strikes. B) Cattle drives. C)
Proximity to the Oregon Trail.
4. For much of their journey, Lewis
and Clark followed the existing trail of the:
A) Nez Perce Tribe. B) Shoshone Tribe. C)
Coeur d'Alene Tribe.
5. Arrowrock Dam, the world's highest
dam from 1915 to 1934, was built to:
A) Produce hydroelectricity. B) Provide
water storage for irrigation. C) Prevent
flooding of the Magic Valley.
6. The City of Rocks is:
A) An elaborate system of canyon wall
caves inhabited by prehistoric man. B) A
large group of natural rock formations. C)
Nicknamed for the city of Wisca, due to the
large number of houses built from a nearby
7. Springs at the city of Lava Hot
Springs were discovered by:
A) Oregon Trail settlers. B) Fur traders.
C) Native Americans.
8. Idaho's oldest college is:
A) Lewis and Clark. B) Albertson College
of Idaho. C) University of Idaho.
9. Lawyer's Canyon was named after:
A) A Lewiston attorney. B) A Nez Perce
leader. C) Pioneer James W. Lawyer.
10. The Mullan Road was designed to
A) The Missouri and Columbia rivers. B)
Boise and Idaho City. C) Grangeville with
11. The Three Island Crossing refers
A) The crossing of the Salmon River by
Lewis and Clark. B) An escape plan from the
Old Boise Penitentiary that used three Boise
River islands to hide from guards. C) The
crossing of the Snake River by Oregon Trail
12. Old Fort Boise was originally
A) Along the Snake River near Parma. B)
Near Karcher Mall in Nampa) C) In the Boise
Answers: 1. A (Sign 192, U.S.
95); 2. C (Sign 424, Idaho 4); 3. A (Sign 156,
Idaho 11); 4. A (Sign 334, U.S. 12); 5. B (Sign
376, Idaho 21); 6. B (Sign 344, Idaho 27); 7. C
(Sign 13, U.S. 30); 8. B (Sign 291, Interstate 84
Business Loop); 9. B (Sign 163, U.S. 95); 10. A
(Sign 285, Idaho 3); 11. C (Sign 198, Interstate
84 Business Route) 12. A (Sign 85, U.S. 95)
Number of Correct Answers:
0-3 K through 12
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