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Despite this lack of evidence for the origin of the name, many textbooks well into the 20th century repeated as fact Willing's account the name "Idaho" derived from the Shoshone term "ee-da-how". The states of Washington and Oregon are to the west, Nevada and Utah are to the south, and Montana and Wyoming are to the east.A 1956 Idaho history textbook says:"Idaho" is a Shoshoni Indian exclamation. The first is "Ee", which in English conveys the idea of "coming down". Idaho also shares a short border with the Canadian province of British Columbia to the north.The Sawtooth Range is often considered Idaho's most famous mountain range. 6 §264) theoretically placed this region in the Central Time Zone, but this was corrected with a 2007 amendment. Although the state's western border is about 350 miles (560 km) from the Pacific Ocean, the maritime influence is still felt in Idaho, especially in the winter when cloud cover, humidity, and precipitation are at their maximum extent.Other mountain ranges in Idaho include the Bitterroot Range, the White Cloud Mountains, the Lost River Range, the Clearwater Mountains, and the Salmon River Mountains. This influence has a moderating effect in the winter where temperatures are not as low as would otherwise be expected for a northern state with predominantly high elevations.The waters of the Snake River rush through Hells Canyon, the deepest gorge in the United States.Shoshone Falls plunges down rugged cliffs from a height greater than Niagara Falls.The major rivers in Idaho are the Snake River, the Clark Fork/Pend Oreille River, the Clearwater River, and the Salmon River.Other significant rivers include the Coeur d'Alene River, the Spokane River, the Boise River, and the Payette River.
The county was named after a steamship named Idaho, which was launched on the Columbia River in 1860.
Thinking they would get a jump on the name, locals named a community in Colorado "Idaho Springs".
However, the name "Idaho" did not fall into obscurity.
Idaho is quite mountainous, and contains several stretches of the Rocky Mountains.
The United States Forest Service holds about 38% of Idaho's land, the most of any state.