Idaho State Parks

Idaho State Parks


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Idaho's state parks have been called the "jewels" of the Gem State. The story of how those jewels came to be involves political intrigue, much resistance, some philanthropy, and a touch of irony. Sen. Weldon B. Heyburn famously said that state parks were "always a political embarrassment." Idaho's first state park was named after him. Today, Idaho's 30 state parks host five million people a year. Visitors come to boat, camp, bike, climb, hike, fish, and make memories in the great outdoors. This book tells the story of Idaho's diverse state parks--from Priest Lake in Idaho's panhandle to Bear Lake in the southeast corner of the state--through a wealth of historical photographs. A variety of parks are featured, including ones that were lost, found, or never came to fruition.

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ISBN-13: 9781467126168
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 05/15/2017
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,255,247
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

As president of the Friends of Idaho State Parks, Rick Just pulled photographs from the archives of the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation--as well as family albums, the Idaho State Historical Society, the Idaho Statesman, and the National Park Service--to develop this history. It is presented with the hope that learning about the past will encourage those in the future to keep these jewels open and welcoming to everyone.

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