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5 Fun Facts About July 24 In Idaho History

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1. Idaho Territory was established on July 24, 1863. President Abraham Lincoln signed the act creating the new territory from parts of Washington, Dakota, and Nebraska territories.

2. The first edition of the Idaho Statesman, Boise's oldest newspaper, was published on July 24, 1864. The paper is still in circulation and is now a subsidiary of the Gannett Company.

3. On July 24, 1890, the first train arrived in Coeur d'Alene, marking the beginning of the Northern Pacific Railroad's service to the area. This helped spur development in the region and made transportation of goods and people much easier.

4. The town of Wallace, Idaho experienced the largest non-nuclear explosion in U.S. history on July 24, 1979. The blast occurred at the Sunshine Mine and killed 91 people. It was caused by the ignition of methane gas that had built up in the mine.

5. Boise State University's Albertsons Stadium, formerly known as Bronco Stadium, opened on July 24, 1970. The stadium has a capacity of over 36,000 and is the home field for the Boise State Broncos football team. It has hosted numerous college football bowl games and is known for its distinctive blue turf.
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