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Idaho, the Gem State

Rugged mountains, deep gorges, large lakes, dramatic waterfalls, barren lava fields – all are found in Idaho, known best for its potatoes and the resort centre, Sun Valley. Outstanding natural wonders are Crater of the Moon National Monument, with miles of hardened lava and volcanic cinder; Shoshone Falls, higher than Niagara; and Hell’s Canyon, the deepest in North America.

Along and beyond Idaho’s eastern border stands a wall of mountains, part of the continental divide, that protects the State from the severe winters that sweep the plains to the east. From these mountains westward flow the State’s great rivers – Clearwater, Salmon and Snake. With the help of irrigation, farmers grow grains, fruits, sugar beets and the famous potatoes on the broad valley of the Snake River. Cattle and sheep ranches and dairy farms are also found on the lowlands.

From Idaho’s mountains come timber (over 20 mio acres of every greens) and minerals (zinc, copper gold) and more lead and silver than is produced in any other State. In the North, near Coeur d’Alene, is the nation’s largest silver mine. Extensive forests and thousands of lakes and streams provide tourists and sportsmen ample opportunities for recreation.

Several thousand Indians live on State reservations – members of the Kootenai, Nez Perce, Couer d’Alene, Shoshone and Paiute tribes. The country’s 13th largest State, Idaho, is one of the smallest in population. Boise, the capital, is the largest city. Rich in land, timber, minerals and water, Idaho offers almost unlimited space and natural beauty.

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