Most People Don’t Know The Meaning Behind These 8 Idaho Towns

As you may or may not have learned in school, the name “Idaho” is a bit of a misnomer – the great “Idahoax,” as it were. (See what I did there?) Originally claimed by George M. Willing to be a Shoshoni word which meant “Gem of the Mountains,” Willing later admitted that he had pulled the name out of none other than his posterior nether region.

But aside from state names themselves, every state also has its fair share of unusual city names with unique historical derivations. In fact, Idaho in particular has a number of unique municipalities with Native American and Spanish roots, which provide a glimpse into the traditions and naming practices of yesteryear. Beautifully and aptly named, here are eight of our favorite towns along with their meanings and histories.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:

There are plenty of towns in the state with historical names and, of course, we can’t list them all here. But if you have some unique names to add to the list – and better yet, the story behind them – we would love to hear about them!