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Origin of "Idaho"

Idaho State Name Origin

Shoshone Indian scout c.1890; photo from Wind River Indian Reservation (believed to be public domain).

What does "Idaho" mean?

Idaho is an invented word! Mining lobbyist George M. Willing presented the name "Idaho" to congress for a new territory around Pike's Peak, claiming it was a Native American Shoshone phrase: "E Dah Hoe (How)," supposedly meaning "Gem of the Mountains." By the time the deception was discovered, the name "Idaho" was already in common use. All State Name Origins