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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.
Idaho's agricultural sector supplies many products, but the state is best known for its potato crop, which comprises around one-third of the nationwide yield.
The official state nickname is the "Gem State", which references Idaho's natural beauty.
The same year Congress created Colorado Territory, a county called Idaho County was created in eastern Washington Territory.
The county was named after a steamship named Idaho, which was launched on the Columbia River in 1860.
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.
Winters can be cold, although extended periods of bitter cold weather below zero are unusual.
In the early 1860s, when the United States Congress was considering organizing a new territory in the Rocky Mountains, eccentric lobbyist George M.
Willing suggested the name "Idaho", which he claimed was derived from a Shoshone language term meaning "the sun comes from the mountains" or "gem of the mountains". Congress decided to name the area Colorado Territory when it was created in February 1861.
Idaho's highest point is Borah Peak, 12,662 ft (3,859 m), in the Lost River Range north of Mackay.
Idaho's lowest point, 710 ft (216 m), is in Lewiston, where the Clearwater River joins the Snake River and continues into Washington.
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.