State leaders such as Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter are conducting a public ceremony right now at the Capitol building. This ceremony will kick off a year-long celebration for the Gem state.
According to State Historian Keith Peterson, President Lincoln signed the Act of Congress creating the Idaho territory after gold had been found and Congress wanted to use the gold to pay for costs associated with the Civil War. Idaho would be a territory for 27-years until President Benjamin Harrison signed the Congressional act establishing Idaho as the 43rd State on July 3rd, 1890. Both Lincoln and Harrison are commemorated in Idaho; Lincoln County and Harrison Boulevard in Boise.
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