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5 Fun Facts About March 11 In Idaho History

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1. On March 11, 1933, the Idaho State Capitol was dedicated in Boise. The prestigious building serves as the center of the state government, as well as an important landmark of Idaho's history and culture.

2. In 1955, the largest recorded earthquake in Idaho's history struck on March 11th with a magnitude of 7.1. The earthquake caused significant damage to buildings and infrastructure in the Challis area, as well as triggering landslides and rockfalls.

3. March 11, 1883 marked the birth of Ezra Taft Benson, a prominent Idahoan who served as the 13th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Benson also held several government positions, including Secretary of Agriculture under President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

4. On March 11, 1908, the U.S. Forest Service established the Caribou National Forest in southeastern Idaho. The forest covers over 1 million acres and is a popular destination for outdoor recreationists, offering opportunities for hiking, camping, and fishing.

5. March 11, 1976 was the day when the world-renowned ski resort, Sun Valley, installed the world's first computerized snowmaking system. The innovative system used weather data to optimize snow production, enabling the resort to extend its skiing season and provide consistent snow conditions for visitors.
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