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How Grover Cleveland saved Idaho

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As we approach Dec. 24, Dave Burnett of 580KIDO.com reminds us of the day that the Territorial Legislature transferred the state capitol from Lewiston to Boise -- and how President Gover Cleveland prevented the Idaho Panhandle from joining with eastern Washington in protest:

We are coming up on the 151st Anniversary of the state capital being moved to Boise from Lewiston, a move that almost broke up the state if it were not for President Grover Cleveland. Lewiston served as Idaho’s capital from the formation of Idaho Territory in1863. The territorial Legislature moved the capital to Boise on December 24, 1864 because it was difficult for lawmakers to travel to the Clearwater Basin. This was a controversial move which many in North Idaho claimed was illegal, to the point that In 1878, 96 percent of northern Idaho voters approved a proposal that would have united the panhandle with Washington. In 1887, a measure to do just that passed both houses of Congress in Washington DC; only a pocket veto by President Grover Cleveland stopped the move and left Idaho as we know it. More here.

Question: Would you rather be linked with eastern Washington? Or with Boise?

We are coming up on the 151st Anniversary of the state capital being moved to Boise from Lewiston, a move that almost broke up the state if it were not for President Grover Cleveland.

lewiston

Lewiston served as Idaho’s capital from the formation of Idaho Territory in1863. The territorial Legislature moved the capital to Boise on December 24, 1864 because it was difficult for lawmakers to travel to the Clearwater Basin. This was a controversial move which many in North Idaho claimed was illegal, to the point that In 1878, 96 percent of northern Idaho voters approved a proposal that would have united the panhandle with Washington. In 1887, a measure to do just that passed both houses of Congress in Washington DC; only a pocket veto by President Grover Cleveland stopped the move and left Idaho as we know it.



Read More: Grover Cleveland Saves Idaho | http://580kido.com/grover-cleveland-saves-idaho/?utm_campaign=Contact+SNS+For+More+Referrer&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=snsanalytics&trackback=tsmclip

We are coming up on the 151st Anniversary of the state capital being moved to Boise from Lewiston, a move that almost broke up the state if it were not for President Grover Cleveland.

lewiston

Lewiston served as Idaho’s capital from the formation of Idaho Territory in1863. The territorial Legislature moved the capital to Boise on December 24, 1864 because it was difficult for lawmakers to travel to the Clearwater Basin. This was a controversial move which many in North Idaho claimed was illegal, to the point that In 1878, 96 percent of northern Idaho voters approved a proposal that would have united the panhandle with Washington. In 1887, a measure to do just that passed both houses of Congress in Washington DC; only a pocket veto by President Grover Cleveland stopped the move and left Idaho as we know it.



Read More: Grover Cleveland Saves Idaho | http://580kido.com/grover-cleveland-saves-idaho/?utm_campaign=Contact+SNS+For+More+Referrer&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=snsanalytics&trackback=tsmclip

We are coming up on the 151st Anniversary of the state capital being moved to Boise from Lewiston, a move that almost broke up the state if it were not for President Grover Cleveland.

lewiston

Lewiston served as Idaho’s capital from the formation of Idaho Territory in1863. The territorial Legislature moved the capital to Boise on December 24, 1864 because it was difficult for lawmakers to travel to the Clearwater Basin. This was a controversial move which many in North Idaho claimed was illegal, to the point that In 1878, 96 percent of northern Idaho voters approved a proposal that would have united the panhandle with Washington. In 1887, a measure to do just that passed both houses of Congress in Washington DC; only a pocket veto by President Grover Cleveland stopped the move and left Idaho as we know it.



Read More: Grover Cleveland Saves Idaho | http://580kido.com/grover-cleveland-saves-idaho/?utm_campaign=Contact+SNS+For+More+Referrer&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=snsanalytics&trackback=tsmclip



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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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