Here we have Idaho

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 “Here We Have Idaho” is the title of the official song of Idaho. “Here We Have Idaho” was adopted as the state song during the 21st session of the Idaho Legislature March 11, 1931. On these pages we will see some of Idaho, its history and its beauty.

To be a good farmer you need to know the history of crop varieties that have been planted, how fields react in different years, what the rainfall is and how it affects crops. All of these things are history quite a few farmers in Idaho have been farming more than 50 years. Continue...

The Clearwater drainage is very beautiful in the morning or evening when the light casts shadows over the land – this is the area that helped to start the settlement of Idaho.
Dillon, Logan, and Andy with Joe vandal, the mascot for University of Idaho in Moscow.
A mammoth was found at Tolo Lake near Grangeville – there is a replica of the mammoth and visitor’s center in Grangeville.
Railroads played a big part of Idaho becoming a state – railroads were the main form of bulk transportation before barges.
Train trestles were needed because of canyons – the Camas Prairie is famous for the trestles and there was also a movie made because of them called “Break Heart Pass.”
Andy is standing on a rock bluff overlooking the Whitebird battle field between Grangeville and Whitebird – this area is where the first battle of the Nez Perce war started.
Thirty-four U.S. soldiers were killed at the battlefield to none of the Nez Perce– the monument in the picture is a memorial marking the battlefield and a soldier killed in the battle is buried beneath it.
There are signs like this one all over Idaho marking historic areas – mining played a big part in Idaho history and a gold rush at Florence was no exception.
Mining was hard work all done by hand until hydraulic mining was used – hydraulic mining used water at high pressure to remove dirt and rocks so that gold and silver could be found easier – this sign is on the Salmon River between Riggins and Whitebird.
Lawyer’s canyon is between Craigmont and cottonwood and is named after a Nez Perce Indian chief – he played an important role in treaty negotiations.
Lewis & Clark are very important to Idaho – they helped to open up the united states after the Louisiana purchase from France and claim the PNW and Idaho as part of the united states – without them there would be no Idaho.
Looking north from my farm to the Moscow mountains which is the start of the rolling hills of the Palouse.
The Salmon River canyon was formed 15 million years ago from lava flows and pressure from the flowing water helped to carve the canyon.
The Salmon River is the longest “wild” river in the U.S., which means there are no dams – some of the best white water rafting in the United States is done on the Salmon River.
There were many fires in Idaho in 2006 on forest land – the hills of the Salmon River can just be seen through the smoke.
A fire fighting camp was set up at the twin bridges area on the Salmon River so firefighters would have a place to rest and supplies brought in.
A firefighting crew is heading for their vehicles after fighting fire – how many fire fighters can you see?
Andy, Logan, and Dillon outside of a working goldmine along the highway of the Salmon River – the mine is down-stream from Riggins.
Dillon, Logan, and Andy inside the gold mine – can you find the entrance to the mine?
Dillon, Logan and Andy in front of the Idaho grain & Ag center sign in Boise – this is the home to several commodity groups including wheat, barley, beans, and milk.
The Idaho capitol is an exact replica of the nation’s capitol in Washington, D.C. – the capitol is located in Boise and is under construction in 2006 to make more room for legislators and visitors.

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The Blair family farm is over 100 years old and was started when Robert’s great-great-great uncle came from Germany to farm. He bought land overlooking the Clearwater River in 1903 and the farm is still going strong. More ground and different equipment has been added along the way, but the basic principles of farming have not changed.

Just like the history on the farm, the history of Idaho is important to agriculture. From the Nez Perce war to mining, to Lewis & Clark opening up a new land 200 years ago, the history of Idaho is important to pass down from generation to generation. Here are some different sights and history of Idaho.


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