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5 Fun Facts About March 16 In Idaho History

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1. Gold Discovered in Florence, Idaho: On March 16, 1861, gold was discovered in Florence, Idaho by a group of prospectors, leading to the establishment of a mining town that attracted thousands of settlers and miners from around the country.

2. Idaho Becomes a State: On March 16, 1896, President Grover Cleveland signed the Idaho Statehood Bill, making Idaho the 43rd state to join the Union.

3. National Recreation Trail Designation: On March 16, 1983, the Centennial Trail in Idaho became the first National Recreation Trail to be designated in the state by the U.S. Department of Interior.

4. Idaho Experimental State College Founded: On March 16, 1947, the Idaho Experimental State College was founded in Pocatello, which later became Idaho State University in 1963.

5. Birth of Idaho's First Female Supreme Court Justice: On March 16, 1942, Linda Copple Trout was born in Pocatello, Idaho, becoming the first female Justice to serve on the Idaho Supreme Court in 2007.
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