Happy Birthday, Idaho


Just before you wish the United States a happy birthday, you'll want to squeeze in some best wishes for the state of Idaho.

On Saturday, July 3, the state is 120 years old. On July 3, 1890, Idaho became the 43rd state in the Union. On that day, Territory Gov. George Shoup became State Gov. George Shoup. He resigned a few months later to became Idaho's first U.S. senator. His Lt. Gov. (and successor) was N.B. Willey who followed the Gold Rush to Idaho in the 1860s. He was a miner, a state legislator, a school superintendent and even a journalist. But he wasn't much of a politician. He was ousted in an attempt for re-election.

As a special birthday present, the Idaho State Historical Society has sent over some rare photos to the State Capitol. The exhibit lines the walls of the east and west main corridors in the Garden Level of the Capitol.

The exhibit features 45 rare photos, ranging from the 1920s to the 1960s, and even includes a few dating to earlier pioneer times (but have no exact dates).