Emerging in the West: Sesquicentennial of the Idaho Territory, 1863-2013
Emerging in the West: Idaho Territory
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Get Territorial! That is the rallying cry for 2013 as the state celebrates the sesquicentennial of the creation of the Idaho Territory. Abraham Lincoln signed the bill 150 years ago on March 4, 1863 to create the new territory that also included what is now Montana and Wyoming. Why do we celebrate this early historical period? Keith Petersen, state historian, said that it was perhaps the most important 27-years in Idaho history essentially making Idaho, well, Idaho. The people of Idaho have highways, three universities, required county taxes, and irrigation water rights due to laws enacted during the territorial days in Idaho.
Join us as we commenmorate the Sesquicentennial of Idaho Territory. Events are planned throughout Idaho duing May. See the complete schedule here .
For more information contact the Idaho State Historical Society at 208-334-3847