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5 Fun Facts About October 14 In Idaho History

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1. Idaho officially became a state on October 14, 1890, after a long and difficult process of gaining statehood. The Idaho Territory had been established in 1863, but it took 27 years of lobbying, petitioning, and political maneuvering to achieve full statehood.

2. On October 14, 1983, the final section of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area (SNRA) was officially designated by Congress. The SNRA, located in central Idaho, encompasses over 756,000 acres of wilderness, forests, lakes, and rivers. It is one of the largest protected wilderness areas in the United States and a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

3. In 1943, the Idaho State Board of Education authorized the creation of Boise State University (then known as Boise Junior College) on October 14. The new college began with just over 70 students and a handful of faculty members, but has since grown into a major educational institution with over 28,000 students.

4. On October 14, 1914, Idaho's first state Capitol building was destroyed by fire. The fire broke out in the early morning hours and quickly spread throughout the building, which housed the governor's office, legislative chambers, and state agencies. Although the building was rebuilt by 1920, much of Idaho's early governmental history was lost in the blaze.

5. The first passenger train arrived in Boise on October 14, 1887, marking a major milestone in Idaho's transportation history. The arrival of the train opened up new opportunities for trade, commerce, and travel, and helped to spur the city's growth and development in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
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