When was Idaho admitted to the Union?
July 3, 1890

Where did Idaho get its name?
George M. Willing suggested the name that he said was derived from the Shoshone language, with one interpretation of the word meaning “gem of the mountains.”

Is this why Idaho is nicknamed the Gem State?
Not completely. It also suggests the many ores found here.

How did the Magic Valley get its name?
Well, it begins with agriculture and water …

Photo by Andrew Weeks

This Saturday is Idaho Day – and the Twin Falls Public Library has planned an activity to help you celebrate.

If you like local and state history, you might very well enjoy the activity suitable for the whole family: a scavenger hunt geared to uncovering the historic “gems” of the Magic Valley.

Visit the library anytime between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday and go on the hunt that will take you to time’s past through books, paintings and other historic source material.

It’s one of many family-oriented events the library will host this year.

For more information about library events, call 733-2964.