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Idaho By Any Other President’s Name

What really is the cause of occasional friction between Washington and Idaho? Though some would deny it, the answer seems pretty clear. It’s name envy – presidential name envy, to be precise. The Evergreen state is named after a titan of American history. The Gem State? Well, let’s face it. “Idaho,” some say, is a phony word that was supposed to sound Native American. A mining lobbyist made it up. So you couldn’t blame residents of Famous Potatoes country if they had a bit of a complex about a next-door neighbor named after the Father of Our Country. But what if Idaho had been named after a president, too? It’s worth considering. So here, on Presidents Day weekend, let’s weigh the what-if pros and cons of Idaho having been named after one of the presidents who served after George Washington and before statehood in 1890/Paul Turner, The Slice, SR. More here. (AP file illustration)

DFO: I always thought that Washington residents were unfortunate to have the same state name as Washington, D.C. Much confusion. I don't think I would want my state mistaken for the federal government.

Question: If Idaho was named after a president, which president would you prefer? Reagan (as in Boise, Reagan)?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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