1. Of all the state capitol buildings in America, Idaho has the only one heated by geothermal energy. How? Our hot spring bed 3,000 feet below the surface is the heat source.

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2. The National Wild and Scenic Rivers System reported the Gem State possesses over 170,000 miles of waterway that could span the width of the United States 38 times.

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3. According to Thrillist, we swear like sailors on-leave. We're the eighth most foul-spoken municipality in America!

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4. There's a reason they call Idaho the "Gem State." Actually, there are more than 70 shining reasons for the nickname. And zircon, opal, jasper, and jade happen to be four of those 70 gorgeous reasons.

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5. Oh, how we adore that Idaho's unique name came from a Native American word meaning "the land of many waters."

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6. The Lake Coeur D'Alene, approximately seven hours outside of Boise's Treasure Valleys, is the longest board work in the world!

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7. On July 3, 1890, Idaho became the 43rd state to join the Union.

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8. Long before graphic design was cool and woman-dominated, Idaho's state seal was designed by Emma Green.

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9. Weighing in at 1, 410 pounds, the most expensive bull ever sold in Idaho cost $600,000.

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10. And last, Idaho's state motto is "Esto Perpetue," which means "this is forever."

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For more reasons to rave about Idaho's culture and crazes, keep scrolling through our list of beautiful galleries!

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