Alright, where is the real OG in Idaho? The original? Where did it all start for the gem state? First a little background before we get there.

The Native Americans inhabited, what we now know as Idaho for thousands of years according to Wikipedia.  "In the early 19th century, Idaho was considered part of the Oregon Country, an area disputed between the United States and the British Empire. It officially became U.S. territory with the signing of the Oregon Treaty of 1846, but a separate Idaho Territory was not organized until 1863, instead being included for periods in Oregon Territory and Washington Territory. Idaho was eventually admitted to the Union on July 3, 1890, becoming the 43rd state."

It wasn't until 1860 that the first Mormon pioneers settled in Idaho. The first town they settled in? Franklin Idaho. According to  The early settlers thought they were still in Utah. 1872 is when the official boundary survey put a border between Utah and Idaho.

The Franklin Hall Museum and Historical Site has preserved some of the original settlements, homes and items from the first settlers. It is a stellar place to learn more about Idaho's history.

The government website, History.Idaho.Gov has a great page showcasing more history and the historic buildings that have been well kept with the stories behind them.

The Hatch House in Franklin Idaho, photo from
The Hatch House in Franklin Idaho, photo from

According to History.Idaho.Gov, June 15th has been celebrated as Idaho Day since 1910 when the, then Idaho Governor James H. Brady named the day a holiday to celebrate and honor Franklin being the first Idaho town. The town still celebrates it every year in the last Saturday in June and it is quite an event. If you are an Idaho native, the celebration should be on your Idaho bucket list.

Idaho's Oldest Restaurants Have Stood The Test of Time and Are Worth a Visit

These historic Idaho restaurants should be on your Idaho bucket list for a multitude of reasons. The food, the atmosphere, the history, the stories and the people. This list was inspired by Only in Your State.

How Rude is Idaho and Our Surrounding States?

Lifestyle magazine Best Life released a list of all 50 states ranked from the nicest to the rudest and while the gem state didn't get the top spot, the top 10 isn't great. Our neighboring states scored far kinder than we did.

How Clean is Idaho and Our Surrounding States

We are surrounded by nature and some of the most beautiful scenery available here in the gem state. So how clean is Idaho? Best Life evaluated various 'dirty' factors and ranked states. We also looked at Idaho's surrounding states, Utah, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Montana and Wyoming. For fun we threw the two dirtiest states in the country in too.

Top 10 Most Boring Places in Idaho

If you’re hankering for the quiet life… and a sheer lack of things to do, these Idaho places might just be perfect for you. What some may call boring, others go to some of these places in search of tranquility. Take a peek at the 10 most 'Boring' cities in Idaho.

Words that Mean Different Things in Idaho

Idaho is different, in the best ways possible. Here are some words from movoto that have deep meaning here in Idaho but in other places mean something different and usually less exciting.

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