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5 Fun Facts About January 6 In Idaho History

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1. Idaho became the 43rd state in the United States on July 3rd, 1890. However, it wasn't until January 6th, 1891 that Idaho's first Governor, George L. Shoup, was inaugurated.

2. On January 6th, 1903, a massive avalanche hit the town of Ross Fork in eastern Idaho. The avalanche killed 6 people and destroyed much of the town. It remains one of the deadliest avalanches in Idaho history.

3. In 1925, the first Winter Carnival was held in McCall, Idaho on January 6th. The festival featured snow sculptures, skiing competitions, and a parade. Today, the McCall Winter Carnival is one of the largest winter festivals in the Pacific Northwest.

4. On January 6th, 1974, Idaho's state capitol building was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The capitol, located in Boise, was completed in 1920 and remains one of the most important historical landmarks in the state.

5. In recent years, January 6th has become a contentious day in Idaho and across the United States due to the storming of the U.S. Capitol in 2021. While the events of that day may not be specifically tied to Idaho, they have an impact on the state's history and current events.
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