Monday, December 12, 2016

6 Swell Facts about Idaho

Snake River at Twin Falls, Idaho
1. The state's nickname is the Gem State.

2. Just over 1% of the state is water (mostly rivers), but the average precipitation is under 12" per year.

Friendly Idaho potatoes
3. During the Great Depression, Idaho was particularly hard struck; in 1932, a bushel of potatoes brought the farmer $ .10  In 1919, a bushel had brought $1.51.

4. Science and technology now bring in over 25% of the state's total revenue, more than agriculture, forestry, and mining combined.

Perrine Bridge over the Snake River, Idaho
5. Perrine Bridge in Twin Falls allows BASE jumping (essentially skydiving from buildings, antennas, spans -- like bridges -- or earth -- usually cliffs) without a permit.

6. The Port of Lewiston at the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers is the lowest point in the state, and is also the farthest inland seaport on the West Coast. The port is 465 river miles from the Pacific Ocean at Astoria, Oregon.