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5 Fun Facts About July 1 In Idaho History

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1. Idaho became a state on July 3, 1890. However, on July 1 of that same year, the first territorial governor of Idaho, George L. Shoup, was inaugurated in Boise.

2. On July 1, 1911, the Idaho State Capitol building was officially dedicated in Boise. The building, which took seven years to construct, is made of sandstone and marble and features a dome that is over 200 feet tall.

3. In 1950, the town of Stanley, Idaho experienced an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.9 on July 1. The earthquake caused significant damage to buildings and roads in the area and was one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded in the state.

4. On July 1, 1988, the famed novelist and Idaho resident Ernest Hemingway's Collected Works were published. Hemingway spent several years living and writing in Ketchum, Idaho until his death in 1961.

5. In 2013, on July 1, the Pioneer Fire began in the Boise National Forest. The wildfire burned over 188,000 acres and required over 1,000 firefighters to extinguish the flames.
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