From its wind-swept plains to its snow-capped peaks, Idaho is a land of variety and splendor. It's also a place with a lively and colorful past filled with mountain men, Indian tribes, frontier families, renegades, and business tycoons. It Happened in Idaho takes readers on a rollicking, behind-the-scenes look at some of the characters and episodes from the Gem State's past.Here you'll read about the mistake that led to the founding of Idaho's first town, a mule that struck silver, the midnight theft of the capital, and the calamitous Teton Dam flood.Many of the people and events from Idaho's past are well known, but many are not. Do you know how Sun Valley, the first major ski resort in the United States, came into being? Or the story about daredevil Evel Kneivel's attempt to jump the Snake River canyon on a motorcycle? And how did Idaho potatoes become famous?In an easy-to-read style that 's entertaining and informative, author Randy Stapilus recounts some of the most captivating moments from Idaho's history. (6 x 9, 128 pages)
About 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, currently at Boise.
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It Happened in Idaho based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
It happened in Idaho is part of the It Happened IN series. This history of Idaho consists of 33 stories about the state. The stories, no more than four pages long, are short account of important events that make up the history of Idaho, but the author often stops short in showing how the event made Idaho what it is today, like it claims the stories would. Sometimes the stories are difficult to follow because of the author's awkward phrasing, and his inability to follow-up a general statement. But the book does give the reader a good overview of Idaho and its history. The book can also serve as a tourist guide to the state. This is a good concept for a series, and I will read this series for other states.
This book helped me get an A on my Idaho report. It showed me to have fun and learn about my homestate at the same time. I would recomend this book to anyone who wants to learn the fun way about Idaho!