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IDAHO

Idaho is a constituent state of the United States of America which is also one of the best travelling destinations of the US. The state has rank of 14th among the 50 US states in terms of total area coverage. The boundary of Idaho extends to the Canadian province of British Columbia to the north, US states of Montana and Wyoming to the east, Oregon and Wyoming to the west and Utah and Nevada to the south. On July 3, 1890, Idaho was declared as the 43rd state of the union. Idaho is a mountainous state whose name is expected to be derived from Shoshone phrase meaning ‘gem of the mountains’.

The first official seal of Idaho was adopted on March 5, 1866 with the inscription of mountains below a new moon, a steamer on the Shoshone River, figures of Liberty and Peace, an elk’s head and agricultural produce. On March 14, 1891, a similar seal with replacement of moon by rising sun and Peace symbol by a miner was put on practice. This design appears even today in the Idaho state flag. This state seal is the only design created by a woman designer Emma Edwards.

On March 12, 1907, the first state flag of Idaho was adopted by the legislature which had the inclusion of a simple blue field inscribing the name of the state. Later, CA Elmer, a brigadier general in the National Guard further added a representation of the seal. The design was then validated as per the general pattern of state flags based on the provisioned color of the Union army during the Civil War. On March 15, 1927, Elmer’s design was legalized with a standard pattern for seal vitalized in March 1957.