Idaho’s grant of statehood in 1890 makes it one of the last to be officially incorporated into the continental US. This means that a little over a century ago, Idaho was still in its infancy, caught in the middle of a dramatic transformation from a thriving livestock and natural resource-based economy to a growing agricultural powerhouse in a swiftly industrializing America.
Here, you’ll catch a glimpse of daily life and economic growth in Idaho just after the turn of the century (1905-1920), when commerce was booming. But the simple, rural lifestyle that we still know and love today was at the core of our great state’s evolution.
Idaho has such a rich and unique history Even one hundred years later, you can still see remnants of our past as a rural, forested, and recreation-loving paradise. If you have any photos from this era stored away, we’d love for you to share them!