Monday, March 16, 2009

The Gem State

When people think of Idaho, usually the first thing to go through their minds is the potato. Yes, we have famous potatoes, but Idaho is the gem state. You might wonder how we got this nickname when Idaho really doesn't have a plethora of gems...we DO have the star garnet which is only found in Idaho and India, Idaho's one claim to gem fame...but that doesn't really account for the prestigious name. In fact, Idaho's nickname is a mistake! The word 'Idaho' was thought to mean "gem of the mountains" in a native American language, but was later found not to be true. Still, the name stuck and to this day, Idaho is the Gem State.

This sign hangs on main street and points the way to a local shop.

I am posting this photo from the 2nd floor at Gritman Medical Center where my husband has been admitted. I am not sure how long we may be here, so I may or may not have a photo for tomorrow. Please bear with me.


cieldequimper said...

I hope all goes well for you.

Sherry said...

Sorry to know your husband is receiving hospital care. Hope everything goes okay and you will all will be home soon.

Thank you for the info about the Gem State slogan. I've wondered about that.

Sherry said...

Thanks! We were transferred to Sacred Heart in Spokane yesterday and he is having a procedure today. We are praying to be home in the next few days. :)