Sen. Joe Stegner, R-Lewiston, proudly informed the Senate today that Lewiston has won the state boys’ basketball tournament for the first time since 1948. Lt. Gov. Brad Little responded, “Next thing, you’ll be wanting the capital back,” to which Sen. Gary Schroeder, R-Moscow, said he thought that might not be a bad idea. Lewiston was Idaho’s first territorial capital, established in 1863. But 1865, the capital was moved to Boise, a move so unpopular up north that the state seal reportedly was stolen away under dark of night and carted down south. In 1889, according to the Idaho Blue Book, “As a conciliatory move to keep north Idaho from seceding, the Territorial Legislature located the University of Idaho at Moscow.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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