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5 Fun Facts About November 29 In Idaho History

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1. Idaho officially became a state on November 29, 1890. The United States Congress had approved Idaho's statehood earlier that year, and President Benjamin Harrison signed the bill into law on July 3. Idaho was the 43rd state to join the Union.

2. On November 29, 1936, the Idaho State Capitol building was dedicated in Boise. The building had taken twelve years to construct, and the dedication ceremony featured a parade, speeches, and musical performances.

3. In November 1941, the first ski lift in Idaho opened at Sun Valley. The lift was 3,700 feet long and could transport skiers up the mountain in six minutes. Sun Valley became a popular winter destination, and the ski lift helped to establish Idaho's reputation as a destination for outdoor recreation.

4. November 29, 1963, marked the opening of Idaho's first community college, North Idaho College. The college was established to provide affordable higher education to residents of northern Idaho and quickly became popular with students who wanted to earn a degree or transfer to a four-year college.

5. On November 29, 1975, the Sawtooth National Recreation Area was established in central Idaho. The recreation area encompasses over 756,000 acres of wilderness and features rugged mountains, clear lakes, and scenic vistas. Outdoor enthusiasts come to Sawtooth to hike, fish, camp, ski, and enjoy the natural beauty of Idaho's backcountry.
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