Idaho History

Idaho History

What’s in a name? In Gem State places, a whole lot of history and mystery

No small part of the charm of exploring Idaho place names and their stories is the sheer music of saying those names — whether staccato and amusing or long and sonorous. Who can resist a state that has a Picabo, pronounced “peek-a-boo,” a Wickahoney and an Inkom? There are also Eden, Bliss, Grace and Hope. The Idaho map is covered with magic if you have an ear for names and an eye for history.

Idaho History

Boise’s first church bells inspired praise — but also gambling

James S. Reynolds, founder and first editor of the Idaho Tri-weekly Statesman, writing in April 1869, complained that “Boise City is sadly in need of a church bell of some kind. Why don’t we have one?” By February 1870, he was able to note, “The bell for the Episcopal Church has arrived. It weighs 400 pounds and will be put into position soon.”

Columnist Arthur Hart says people will always enjoy history because it's about people

Arthur Hart shares his love for history as a teacher, museum director and in his columns found in the pages of the Idaho Statesman.