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ISBN-10: 0762710268 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: It Happened In Series
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: TwoDot; 1st edition (June 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762710268
  • ASIN: B007K50C2Y
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,304,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From its wind-swept plains to its snow-capped peaks, Idaho is a land of variety and splendor. It's also a place with a lively and colorful past filled with mountain men, Indian tribes, frontier families, renegades, and business tycoons. It Happened in Idaho takes readers on a rollicking, behind-the-scenes look at some of the characters and episodes from the Gem State's past.Here you'll read about the mistake that led to the founding of Idaho's first town, a mule that struck silver, the midnight theft of the capital, and the calamitous Teton Dam flood.Many of the people and events from Idaho's past are well known, but many are not. Do you know how Sun Valley, the first major ski resort in the United States, came into being? Or the story about daredevil Evel Kneivel's attempt to jump the Snake River canyon on a motorcycle? And how did Idaho potatoes become famous?In an easy-to-read style that 's entertaining and informative, author Randy Stapilus recounts some of the most captivating moments from Idaho's history. (6 x 9, 128 pages)

About the Author

Randy Stapilus has written about Idaho for more than a quarter of a century, as a newspaper columnist, reporter and author of a book about Idaho's political history, Paradox Politics (Ridenbaugh Press). He edits four newsletters on Northwest public affairs and natural resources. He has lived in all the corners of Idaho, currently at Boise.

More About the Author

Randy Stapilus is a writer, publisher, blogger and former newspaper reporter and editor. His specialty over the years has been Northwest politics, and his first book was Paradox Politics (Ridenbaugh Press, 1988). He has followed the Snake Rover Basin Adjudication closely for more than 20 years, and has written extensively on water rights nationally as well. He has since written several books on Idaho history and tourism, for Globe Pequot Press and (with James Weatherby) the Caxton Press. He lives in Carlton, Oregon, with his wife Linda and three large dogs.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tom von Alten on December 14, 2002
Format: Paperback
Stapilus collects the highlights of Idaho stories and presents them in readable vignettes. Some of the stories were familiar to me, after living here 27 years, but many were new, and delightful. How Idaho potatoes became famous, the first city electrified with nuclear power, the compact synopsis of "Big Trouble" in 3 pages, murderin' mountain man Claude Dallas' moment of infamy and more.
Once it's done, you'll wish there were another layer of chocolates underneath the first one, or maybe that the book idea had been for 5 and 6-page versions of the stories rather than 2 and 3.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Philip J. Bohlken on October 4, 2005
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This book is very interesting to read for anyone living in Idaho. The state has been my home for ten years. I am not sure I would have appreciated the book, had I read it much earlier. One has to live in Idaho and become minimally aware of some history and have visited some places in the state. Then reading the book brings a sense of rewarding surprise as the reader realizes there is more to what he has known and seen. Many of the descriptions of events in the book begin in a very ordinary way and then build to connect to something important. The author uses this device to tell about the Frank Church wilderness area. It all begins with the Forest Service rangers trying to solve the problem of washing their clothing without using electricity or gasoline to power a washing machine. If there is one thing I would have wanted in the book, it would be small maps with the outline of the state and a black dot placed to indicate where exactly each event happened. It is said Idaho is a state separated by geography and distance. It is easy to live in one part of the state without becoming familiar with other parts of the state. This book would make a good gift for a number of occasions. Even people living outside of Idaho could enjoy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Annette on October 25, 2005
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I think this is a great book. It's a good little read, I read it one day all the way through. A good account of some interesting things that happened in Idaho. I think it's more of a title for young adults, I think I need a more comprehensive and encompassing title of events that happened to make Idaho significant.

It's a good peek into history for the state if you're just getting smart about Idaho. In fact, I think I'd pick another state to read about. I think I'll do just that for other states.

I'd recommened the book. :)

Annette
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sally on December 31, 2011
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It was a quick read and told me of events in my home state that I never knew. I wish it would have included how the boundry of Idaho was formed. I am told that the boundry was formed by mistake. Now I'm curious. I gave the book as a present to my two brothers to enjoy as well.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ranse Herzinger on February 8, 2008
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Interesting stories about historical events in Idaho's history. I would recommend it to anyone interested in getting aquainted with the state and its past.
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