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5 Fun Facts About April 17 In Idaho History

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1. On April 17, 1895, the Idaho Legislature approved the establishment of the state's first agricultural experiment station, located at the University of Idaho in Moscow. This station would become a vital resource for farmers across the state, helping them to increase crop yields and improve livestock production.

2. Idaho's first state capitol building, located in Lewiston, was completed on April 17, 1864. The building was constructed from local brick and timber, and housed the state's government until 1891, when the capital was moved to Boise.

3. On April 17, 1941, the United States entered World War II, and many young men from Idaho were called up to serve their country. By the time the war ended in 1945, over 22,000 Idahoans had joined the military, and many had made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

4. The iconic Idaho Falls Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was dedicated on April 17, 1945. The temple is known for its distinctive Art Deco design, which stands out among the more traditional architecture of most LDS temples.

5. On April 17, 1863, Union forces under the command of Colonel Patrick Connor engaged a group of Shoshone warriors in the Battle of Bear River. The battle, which took place near present-day Preston, Idaho, was one of the deadliest of the Indian Wars, resulting in the deaths of over 200 Shoshone men, women, and children.
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