Idaho Geography and Famous Natives

Geography of Idaho

Literally covered from north to south by the Rocky Mountains, Idaho contains dozens and dozens of individual mountain ranges. The most significant include the Bitterroots, which stretch along much of its border with Montana, and the Caribou, Clearwater, Owyhee, Salmon River, Sawtooths, and Devils Seven rows. The Continental Divide (imaginary line) indicates the absolute highest points of the earth, where on either side of the same rivers will flow downhill, east or west. That divide runs from northwestern Canada, south along the ridges of the Bitterroot Range of the Rocky Mountains into Idaho, then south all the way to Mexico, where it follows the peaks of the Western Sierra Madre.

The Serpent River Plain is a wide and flat lava-based, bow-shaped depression that runs through south-central Idaho. This fertile plain is home to the state’s agricultural industries.

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Hell Canyon, analyzed by the Serpent River on the Idaho- Oregon border, is the deepest gorge in America, with a maximum depth of 7,900 feet. Shoshone Falls located along the Serpent River near the 212-foot-tall Twin Falls stands, which is taller than Niagara Falls. The moonlike, almost odd-looking Craters of Lunar National Monument are essentially a sea of ​​young lava flows, along with scattered islands of ash and sage cones. Idaho’s most significant river is the Serpent;

it rises in the Great Tetons of Wyoming and flows all the way to the Columbia in Washington State. Other notable rivers include the Bear, Bruneau, Kootenay and Salmon. Approximately 16,000 miles of smaller rivers and streams drain the land. The largest lakes include Coeur d’Alene and Pending Oreille. A closer look at Idaho’s topography on a topographic map.

Idaho Famous Natives

People listed are almost always native to the state. We do (on occasion) include those who have either lived within the state for most of their adult lives or have made significant contributions to the state in their personal endeavors.

  • Joe Albertson grocery chain founder
  • Educator H. Bella
  • Ezra Taft Benson former Secretary of Agriculture
  • Gutzon Borglum Sculptor Rushmore
  • Gregory “Liquid” Boyington aviator, World War II hero
  • Written by Carol R. Brink
  • Frank F. Church politician
  • Artist Lillian Disney, wife of Walt Disney
  • Written by Vardis Fisher
  • Joseph Harry Idaho’s first Native American legislator
  • Harmon Killebrew baseball player
  • Written by Patrick McManus
  • Sarah Palin politician, news commentator
  • Ezra Pound poet
  • Sacagawea Indian Shoshone guide
  • R. Simplot Industrialist
  • Picabo Street Skier
  • Stephen D. Simms politician
  • Actress Lana Turner
  • Larry Wilson football player

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