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5 Fun Facts About August 1 In Idaho History

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1. Idaho became a state on August 1, 1890. The Idaho Territory had been created in 1863, and after 27 years, the state was finally admitted to the Union.

2. The famous Coeur d'Alene mining strike began on August 1, 1892. Over 2,000 miners went on strike against the Bunker Hill and Sullivan Mining and Concentrating Company, demanding better working conditions and higher pay.

3. August 1, 1935 was the opening day of the Sun Valley ski resort in Idaho. The resort, developed by Union Pacific Railroad, quickly became popular with celebrities and skiers from around the world.

4. On August 1, 1986, the Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho was expanded to become Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve. The park, which covers over 750,000 acres, features a unique landscape of volcanic cones, lava flows, and caves.

5. The largest wildfire in Idaho's history, the Soda Fire, started on August 1, 2015. The fire burned over 280,000 acres of land in southwestern Idaho and eastern Oregon, causing millions of dollars in damage and impacting wildlife habitats.
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