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5 Fun Facts About December 4 In Idaho History

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1. In 1923, the first edition of the Idaho Statesman newspaper was published in Boise, Idaho. The newspaper was founded by J.K. Vincent and W.F. Kettenbach, and it quickly became one of the state's most prominent publications.

2. On December 4, 1974, the United States Congress passed the Idaho Wilderness Act. The act designated over 9 million acres of land in Idaho as wilderness, protecting them from future development and ensuring that the state's natural beauty would be preserved for generations to come.

3. In 1875, Samuel Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, visited Idaho as part of his lecture tour. He spoke in several cities throughout the state, including Boise, where he gave a talk entitled "Roughing It in Nevada and California."

4. On December 4, 1995, Dayna K. Broussard became the first woman to be elected to the Idaho Supreme Court. Broussard served on the court for over a decade, retiring in 2007.

5. The city of Boise was officially incorporated on December 4, 1864. The city's name comes from a French-Canadian trapper named Francois Payette, who first explored the area in the early 1800s. The city grew rapidly in the late 1800s and early 1900s, and today it is the largest city in Idaho and a major cultural and economic hub for the state.
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