Idaho is a Rocky Mountain state with abundant natural resources and scenic areas.The state has snow-capped mountain ranges, rapids, vast lakes and steep canyons.Thinking they would get a jump on the name, locals named a community in Colorado "Idaho Springs".However, the name "Idaho" did not fall into obscurity.In the early 19th century, Idaho was considered part of the Oregon Country, an area disputed between the U. In the state's north, the relatively isolated Idaho Panhandle is closely linked with Eastern Washington, with which it shares the Pacific Time Zone – the rest of the state uses the Mountain Time Zone.The state's south includes the Snake River Plain (which contains most of the population and agricultural land), while the south-east incorporates part of the Great Basin.Willing later claimed he had simply invented the name.
A 1956 Idaho history textbook says: "Idaho" is a Shoshoni Indian exclamation. The first is "Ee", which in English conveys the idea of "coming down". Idaho also shares a short border with the Canadian province of British Columbia to the north.
The second is "dah" which is the Shoshoni stem or root for both "sun" and "mountain". The landscape is rugged with some of the largest unspoiled natural areas in the United States.
The third syllable, "how", denotes the exclamation and stands for the same thing in Shoshoni that the exclamation mark (! The Shoshoni word is "Ee-dah-how", and the Indian thought thus conveyed when translated into English means, "Behold! For example, at 2.3 million acres (930,000 ha), the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness Area is the largest contiguous area of protected wilderness in the continental United States.
The major rivers in Idaho are the Snake River, the Clark Fork/Pend Oreille River, the Clearwater River, and the Salmon River.
Other significant rivers include the Coeur d'Alene River, the Spokane River, the Boise River, and the Payette River.