What was the most important story the Idaho Statesman covered?

January 31, 2014 

The Idaho Statesman is celebrating its 150th birthday this year.

As part of our festivities we'll revisit some of the most important stories in the newspaper's history. We'd like to hear your favorites.

From Idaho becoming a state to the Larry Craig scandal, the assassination of Gov. Frank Steunenberg to the establishment of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, we're looking for stories that changed Idaho - and Idahoans - over the past century and a half.

Got an idea? Drop us a note at 150years@idahostatesman.com. Please write "top story" in the subject line.

Here's a list of topics we came up with to get you started:

Idaho statehood


Sun Valley opens

Boys of Boise

Larry Craig

Geothermal Boise

End of Indian wars/1877

2007 Fiesta Bowl

Lonesome Larry

Kellogg mine disaster

Jack rabbit massacre

Napoleon Dynamite

Claude Dallas

Wilderness Act

Desert irrigation

Challis earthquake

Teton Dam

Atomic Power

Prison riots at the now Old Pen

MLK legislation

Abortion battle

Cecil Andrus serving four terms

Kempthorne and Andrus as interior secretaries

Ruby Ridge

Allen Derr's Supreme Court victory

Robert Manwill

Barbara Morgan

TV inventor Philo Farnsworth

Gov. Steunenberg assassination


Gold discoveries in Idaho City and elsewhere

Boise 150 celebration

University of Idaho land grant university

Fight over capital with Lewiston

Sawtooth Mountains protection

Sen. Frank Church running for president

Sen. Borah

Sen. Church on Vietnam War

Bogus Basin

Terry Reilly plane crash

Building the Idaho Statehouse

Salmon history

Wolves history

Challis earthquake

Indian reservations


Hydropower/Hells Canyon dam

United Airlines founded

Gold medalists (Gretchen Fraser, Picabo, Kristin Armstrong, others?)

Blue turf

Harmon Killebrew

Transformation of Meridian

Women's suffrage

Idaho National Guard deploys to Iraq

First Jewish governor

Great Depression

Spanish flu

Eastman building, fire

Railroad arrives

Coach Pete leaves


Bogus Basin opens

Aaron Paul

Mark Felt (Deep Throat)

Greenbelt murders

Idaho Shakespeare Festival

Presidential visits

Brent Coles scandal

Founding Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Frank Church

Evel Knievel

Continental plane crash from Denver

Wolves reintroduced

Boise Basin gold/silver strikes

Water wars

New York canal

Minidoka internment camp

Andrus blocks nuclear waste

Founding UI

Hayden Lake and bombing

Big burn 1910

Floods 1950s and 1990s

Building LDS temple

Joe Albertson opens grocery store

Simplot contracts with McDonalds

Morrison Knudsen

Boise Cascade

Downtown vs. Emerald mall

Morrison Center

Police shootings late 1990s, early 2000s (Matthew Jones)

Sales tax 1965

Fish and Game commission formed by first citizens initiative

Dugout Dick

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