Where did Idaho get its name?

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2009-06-05 03:39:14

Quoth the wiki:


Idaho is the only state that was possibly named as the result of

a hoax (the so-called "Idahoax") although this is disputed. In the

early 1860s, when the United States Congress was considering

organizing a new territory in the Rocky Mountains, eccentric

lobbyist George M. Willing suggested the name "Idaho," which he

claimed was derived from a Shoshone language term meaning "the sun

comes from the mountains" or "gem of the mountains." Willing later

claimed that he had made up the name himself.


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