Synopses & Reviews
From its wind-swept plains to its snow-capped peaks, Idaho is a land of variety and splendor. It's also a place with a lively and colorful past filled with mountain men, Indian tribes, frontier families, renegades, and business tycoons. It Happened in Idaho takes readers on a rollicking, behind-the-scenes look at some of the characters and episodes from the Gem State's past.Here you'll read about the mistake that led to the founding of Idaho's first town, a mule that struck silver, the midnight theft of the capital, and the calamitous Teton Dam flood.Many of the people and events from Idaho's past are well known, but many are not. Do you know how Sun Valley, the first major ski resort in the United States, came into being? Or the story about daredevil Evel Kneivel's attempt to jump the Snake River canyon on a motorcycle? And how did Idaho potatoes become famous?In an easy-to-read style that 's entertaining and informative, author Randy Stapilus recounts some of the most captivating moments from Idaho's history. (6 x 9, 128 pages)
An inside look at 31 interesting and unusual episodes that shaped Idaho's history.
This book offers an inside look at 31 interesting and unusual episodes that shaped the history of the Gem State. Read about Lewis and Clark's first encounter with the Nez Perce, the building of the Cataldo Mission, the midnight theft of the capital, the Teton Dam Flood, and the last stoplight on Interstate 90. Find out how Sun Valley and Magic Valley got their names, what was so special about the 1914 gubernatorial election, and how Idaho potatoes became famous. These stories and more provide readers of all ages with an accessible, entertaining glimpse into Idaho's exceptional past.
This book offers an inside look at 31 interesting and unusual episodes that shaped the history of the Gem State.
About the Author
has written about Idaho for more than a quarter of a century, as a newspaper columnist, reporter and author of a book about Idaho's political history, Paradox Politics (Ridenbaugh Press). He edits four newsletters on Northwest public affairs and natural resources. He has lived in all the corners of Idaho, currently at Boise.