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5 Fun Facts About November 23 In Idaho History

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1. Fort Boise Established: On November 23, 1863, the U.S. Army established Fort Boise in present-day Boise, Idaho. Named after the nearby Boise River, the fort served as a military outpost during conflicts with Native American tribes in the area.

2. Idaho Becomes a State: November 23, 1890, was a historic day for Idaho as it officially became the 43rd state of the United States. The territory had been granted statehood by President Benjamin Harrison a few weeks earlier.

3. First Ski Lift Opened: On November 23, 1936, Sun Valley Resort in Ketchum, Idaho, became the first ski resort in the United States to install a chairlift. The lift, designed by ski athlete and resort owner W. Averell Harriman, revolutionized the ski industry by allowing skiers to ascend mountains more quickly and easily.

4. Record Cold Temperatures: In 1985, November 23rd saw some of the coldest temperatures ever recorded in Idaho. In Stanley, Idaho temperatures dropped to -50°F (-45.5°C), while other parts of the state saw temperatures dip into the negative double digits.

5. "The Miracle on the Palouse": On November 23, 1991, the University of Idaho football team defeated Boise State University in a miraculous comeback that has since been dubbed "The Miracle on the Palouse." The Vandals were down by 28 points in the second half but managed to score 29 unanswered points to secure the victory.
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