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5 Fun Facts About January 2 In Idaho History

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1. In 1886, the town of Ketchum was officially incorporated in Idaho. This town, situated in the Wood River Valley, was named after David Ketchum who established a small mining settlement in the area in the 1860s.

2. On January 2, 1890, Idaho's first Governor, George Laird Shoup, was sworn into office. He had previously served as Idaho's territorial delegate to Congress and helped to secure statehood for Idaho.

3. In 1918, Idaho Governor Moses Alexander signed a law granting women in the state the right to vote. This was two years before the 19th amendment was ratified and granted women suffrage nationwide.

4. On January 2, 1985, the Snake River Stampede was added to the National Register of Historic Places. This annual rodeo event has been held in Nampa, Idaho since 1913 and is one of the oldest rodeos in the United States.

5. The Idaho Potato Drop, an annual New Year's Eve tradition where a giant potato is dropped from a crane to celebrate the new year, takes place in downtown Boise on January 2. This event draws thousands of people and features live music, food trucks, and fireworks.
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