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Idaho Almost Didn’t Exist

This deep red state would not exist but for a Democratic president and a Democratic Idaho governor. It might have been shaped like a square or a rectangle, the way most other western states are, or nearly are; in fact when Idaho Territory was first created in 1863, it was: It then included what is now Montana and most of Wyoming, which sounds ridiculously large but still is only a little larger than Texas. Montana and Wyoming were sloughed off after about a year. What was left of Idaho did not look like promising state material/Randy Stapilus, Ridenbaugh Press. More here.

Question: Would you have preferred to see North Idaho be part of Washington?


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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