In this assignment, I will be going over how this state got the name Idaho, Idaho’s natural resources throughout the ages and how Idaho still provides greatly for us today, and how Idaho was part of the Oregon Trail! This document will tell you why you should visit our amazing state, Idaho! First off, how our state, Idaho, got the name Idaho. A guy named George M. Willing said that Idaho was supposedly Native American for “gem of the mountains”. The reason he did this is because he wanted to encourage the Congress to take up the new Pikes Peak region. Back in those days, it was popular to use Native American names for differing things, such as the Nisqually River or the Shoshone region. It seemed reasonable then , and in 1860, the Congress chose the name Idaho for the new territory. When the U.S. Senate considered establishing a bill to make Idaho official, it was found that Idaho was not Native American at all, but actually invented by a tricky lobbyist. What a scoundrel! By 1862, many things within Idaho were already named “Idaho”, so the name stuck. Then, in 1863, the name “Idaho” was given to the Congress for a new name for the Territory of Montana. But all who lived in Idaho wanted to keep their rightful name. After some debate, the name was provided to label the boundaries of the territories, which included present day Idaho, Montana, and lots of Wyoming. We won! Hooray! Abraham Lincoln signed the bill, and Idaho became an official state in July 3rd, 1890. An interesting story leading up to the name, right? Next, we will be talking all about Idaho’s many natural resources. Idaho is a land of abundance when it comes to natural resources. This was obvious to the Shoshone, Nez Perce, Bannock, Kootenai, and Coeur d’Alene Native Americans, all remarkable people , who were hunter-gatherers that ate the remarkable amount of salmon and bison when possible. Lewis and Clark found these bountiful tribes while exploring the amazing Snake, Salmon, and Clearwater rivers. Idaho is a remarkably good choice for tourists and potential home-buyers. This is because this state is one of the fastest growing when spoken in terms of jobs, which are diminishing in other states, how the biggest industries are manufacturing, forestry, agriculture, mining and tourism, which are invaluable to the rest of the country, and how in the north, you will find awe-inspiring mountain streams magnificent for fly-fishing and lots of amazing national forests. Many valleys, including the vast Sun Valley, offer great opportunities for a top-notch skiing experience, and the entire state in general offers an at-peace, simple way to live and enjoy everything. There is a very “close-knit family” feeling to the entire peaceful place in all its remarkable entirety, and multitudes of church gatherings still bring together many families today. Truly, Idaho is one of the best states with this much going on! Last but most certainly not least, how Idaho was part of the huge, tough, long Oregon Trail. Many states, including Montana, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, and Utah, were part of this long road to Oregon, which was, during the founding of the U.S.A. , a land of promised prosperity and riches. The Oregon Trail was a 2,000 mile path from Missouri to Oregon City, in Oregon. They mostly traveled in wagon trains, and most of the wagons were Conestoga Wagons, which could be as much as 28 feet long and carry as much as 5,000 pounds. This amazing architecture helped a lot in one of the largest, and saddest, migrations in American history. Well, that about wraps it up for our great state, and every bit of Idaho’s amazing history, geography, and resources. As you can see, here are some of the many reasons why you should come visit this amazing state, and possibly even consider moving over to enjoy all of Idaho’s amazing features over and over!