Fun Facts about Idaho

Besides Wallace, Idaho being identified by its mayor as the "Center of the Universe," what else is there about Idaho that isn't as commonly known, though, is still impressive. From critters creeping across the desert landscapes to wild mustangs roaming the vast prairies and canyonlands of Idaho, the state is filled with revelations waiting to amaze! In this article, discover a few of the not so well known facts that can make Idaho all the more interesting. Whether a lifetime resident of Idaho or someone simply interested in understanding the state better, the list of things to discover about the state of Idaho is seemingly limitless as there is nearly always something new and intriguing right around the corner. 

The state of Idaho is an excellent location to learn about a fascinating creature known as pronghorn. It is otherwise known as pronghorn antelope by some. Part of the Antilocapridae family; the pronghorn is mighty fast and is the second-fastest land animal in the world. The pronghorn is no big secret for the many people who lived in the state for some time, or perhaps it is, which makes living in Idaho that much more enjoyable as there is much to discover! If you've never had the opportunity to come across this delightful animal, coming across a pronghorn for the first time is likely to create memories. These uniquely distinguishable creatures have an exciting appearance that resembles an antelope with similarities to the gazelle, which makes discovering one all the more fun. "What is that?" is likely the first thought that comes to mind for many. Making way across the Idaho desert landscapes and prairie lands of Idaho, these elegant creatures make Idaho all the better to call home.

Now, the next creature that calls portions of Southeastern Idaho home is the solpugid. The solpugid (SAHL-pyoo-jid), an invertebrate sometimes better known as the 'Camel Spider,' has developed a reputation for being scary, ravenous, and ideally not a bug most anyone would enjoy finding in the house. Though, when these delicate critters are out in the desert, where they enjoy being in the open terrain and staying out of your way, they are not as bad as they've been portrayed. Yes, these itsy bitsy creatures have been known to bite if they feel threatened, though it is said that they are not poisonous. Coming from someone who has quickly taken to the top of the back of the sofa, these little critters have a way of presenting themselves in more of a surprising manner, especially when they are darting towards a person's shadow. The reason for this? Solpugids tend to be drawn to shadows as a defense mechanism that helps them escape from the heat of the desert sun. So if someone's shadows appear to be the next source of escape for one of these itty bitty solpugids, it will likely attempt to hurry over to the shade. Now, trying to convince anyone that this odd insect is not 'chasing after them' may be nearly impossible, especially if a solpugid is headed for their shadow at an estimated speed of up to 10 miles per hour. Never the less, this little fellow is one of Idaho's most captivating creatures and wildly misconceived.

Enjoy a good movie marathon now and then? Then, get the popcorn or snack of choice; here are a few movies filmed in Idaho that may be of interest for your next movie night. Bus Stop, River of No Return, Bronco Billy, Breakheart Pass, Moving, Ghost Dad, and Always are all great examples of movies filmed in Idaho. Some of these movies only have a scene or two filmed in Idaho, while others are filmed entirely within the state. Fast forwarding in time to the late 90s and early 2000s, other movies filmed in Idaho include Dante's Peak, Napoleon Dynomite, Breakfast of Champions, and Town & Country. Now for a fun challenge. Consider identifying the various Idaho locations and how they may have changed since the movie was filmed. Enjoy!

Wild horses that can be adopted? The notion of adopting a horse in itself can be a wild idea, and more so, especially if it's a wild horse. There are various locations throughout the state designated as wildlife management areas ideal for these wild horses. Sometimes, for the safety and best interest of the horses, they are put up for adoption. Overpopulation and destruction of habitats by fires are a few reasons officials step in to help the horses. In the past, some professionals have taken the opportunity to adopt the horses and give them a better life with a complete makeover. While some folks enjoy getting involved to help out a horse, for others, the primary focus is to keep a few of these herd animals together. In some cases, these incredible horses have developed close relationships among their herd, which becomes apparent when some of these animals are reunited.

Did you know that Idaho is home to the only captive geyser in the world, Soda Springs? As the story goes back in 1937, a drill went down to a depth of 317 feet in attempts to discover water for a local pool and found a geyser instead. The geyser has since been capped and timed to go off every hour on the hour. Check it out for yourself! The Soda Springs Geyser and the adjoining park are located at E. 1st Street South with the city of Soda Springs, Idaho. The geyser makes for an excellent stop if a road trip is underway or perhaps passing through the area. Billowing water to heights of around 100 feet in the air, checking out the geyser is surely worth waiting for. The orange slime-like substance surrounding the geyser is said to be likely from mineral buildup while others may relate the color to carotenoids and bacteria. Whatever the case, the presentation is phenomenal!

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