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5 Fun Facts About January 1 In Idaho History

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1. Idaho officially became a state on January 1, 1890. Prior to this, it was a territory and was known for its rich mining industry.
2. On January 1, 1937, Idaho experienced its worst snowstorm in history, which measured up to 40 inches in some areas. This storm caused major damage to crops, homes, and roads throughout the state.
3. On January 1, 1983, Sun Valley Ski Resort celebrated its 50th anniversary. Sun Valley is known for being the first ski resort in the United States and has attracted many famous celebrities and athletes over the years.
4. The Idaho Potato Drop is an annual New Year's Eve celebration that takes place in downtown Boise. It features a giant potato being lowered from a crane at midnight, and is followed by fireworks and live music. The first Potato Drop occurred on January 1, 2014.
5. On January 1, 1871, the Idaho Statesman newspaper was first published. It is still in circulation today and is the oldest newspaper in Idaho. The Idaho Statesman is known for its coverage of local news, sports, and politics.
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