It Happened in Idaho: Remarkable Events That Shaped History

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True Tales from the Gem State’s Past—from the midnight theft of the capitalto the Teton Dam flood
 
From the Snake River Plain northward to its jagged mountains, barren foothills, lush farmland, and tree-covered peaks, Idaho is a state that defies easy description. It Happened In Idaho goes behind the scenes to all parts of this remarkable land to tell its story, in ...

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Overview

True Tales from the Gem State’s Past—from the midnight theft of the capitalto the Teton Dam flood
 
From the Snake River Plain northward to its jagged mountains, barren foothills, lush farmland, and tree-covered peaks, Idaho is a state that defies easy description. It Happened In Idaho goes behind the scenes to all parts of this remarkable land to tell its story, in short episodes that reveal the intriguing people and events that have shaped the Gem State.
 
• Read about the mistake that led to the founding of Idaho’s first town, the mule that struck silver, and the enterprising farmer named Joe who helped make Idaho potatoes famous.
 
• Learn how an Austrian count’s quest and a chance meeting over a beer led Sun Valley to become America’s first major ski resort.
 
• Ride along with daredevil Evel Knievel as he jumps the Snake River Canyon on a motorcycle.

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As a reporter, columnist, publisher, and author, Randy Stapilus has been covering the Idaho beat for more than thirty years. In It Happened in Idaho, this award-winning writer recounts over 30 Gem State events that shaped local and sometimes national history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762760220
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/19/2010
  • Series: It Happened In Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 1,369,899
  • Product dimensions: 6.92 (w) x 11.78 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Randy Stapilus has written about Idaho for more than a quarter of a century, as a newspaper columnist, reporter and author of a book about Idaho's political history, Paradox Politics (Ridenbaugh Press). He edits four newsletters on Northwest public affairs and natural resources. He has lived in all the corners of Idaho.

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Table of Contents

Preface vi

Shaping Stones-9000 B.C 1

Lewis and Clark Meet the Nez Percé-1805 4

Rendezvous at Pierre's Hole-1832 8

Henry Spalding's Bible-1839 12

Building the Cataldo Mission-1842 15

Treacherous Three-Island Crossing-1845 18

Franklin Founded-1860 21

The Planned Boomtown-1861 24

The Bear River Battle-1863 27

The Midnight Theft of the Capital-1865 30

From Slave to Legend-1872 34

Conflict at White Bird Canyon-1877 37

Noah Kellogg's Priceless Mule-1884 40

The Test Oath-1885 43

The Kleinschmidt Grade-1891 46

Riots in the Coeur d'Alene-1892 48

Butch Cassidy at Montpelier-1896 51

The High-Tech Backcountry Gang-1896 56

The Trial of Diamondfield Jack-1902 61

The Magic Valley-1903 64

Assassination-1905 67

Fire of the Century-1910 70

America's First Elected Jewish Governor-1914 73

Famous Potatoes-1917 76

The Last Highway-1930 79

The Creation of Sun Valley-1936 84

Feeding the Army-1941 87

Nuclear Energy Lights Arco-1955 90

The Crash That Changed Idaho Politics-1966 93

Jumping the Snake-1974 96

The Teton Dam Flood-1976 99

The Coming of Wilderness-1980 102

The Poacher-1981 104

The Last Stoplight-1990 107

To the Moon in Idaho-1999 110

A Potpourri of Idaho Facts 113

Bibliography 119

Index 123

About the Author 130

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