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Idaho (/ˈdəh/ (About this soundlisten)) is a state in the northwestern region of the United States. It borders the state of Montana to the east and northeast, Wyoming to the east, Nevada and Utah to the south, and Washington and Oregon to the west. To the north, it shares a small portion of the Canadian border with the province of British Columbia. With a population of approximately 1.7 million and an area of 83,569 square miles (216,440 km2), Idaho is the 14th largest, the 12th least populous and the 7th least densely populated of the 50 U.S. states. The state's capital and largest city is Boise.

Idaho prior to European settlement was inhabited by Native American peoples, some of whom still live in the area. In the early 19th century, Idaho was considered part of the Oregon Country, an area disputed between the U.S. and the United Kingdom. It officially became U.S. territory with the signing of the Oregon Treaty of 1846, but a separate Idaho Territory was not organized until 1863, instead being included for periods in Oregon Territory and Washington Territory. Idaho was eventually admitted to the Union on July 3, 1890, becoming the 43rd state.

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Bruneau Dunes State Park

Bruneau sand dunes

Located south of Mountain Home, Idaho, outside of Bruneau, Idaho, Bruneau Dunes State Park is home to the several large sand dunes and a small lake. The park is the site of North America's highest sand dune which is approximately 470 feet high. The park is also the site of the Bruneau Dunes Observatory, where visitors can use a telescope for star gazing.

The tallest single-structured sand dune in North America is in this park; it rises to 470 feet high above small lakes. The dunes at Bruneau Dunes State Park are unique in the Western Hemisphere. Other dunes in the Americas form at the edge of a natural basin. The Bruneau dunes form near the center. The basin has acted as a natural trap for over 12,000 years. The dunes may have started with sands from the Bonneville Flood about 15,000 years ago. The prevailing winds blow from the southeast 28 percent of the time and from the northwest 32 percent of the time, keeping the dunes fairly stable. Unlike most dunes, these do not drift far.

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Picabo Street

Picabo Street (born April 3, 1971, in Triumph, Idaho) is an American alpine skier, now retired and living in Park City, Utah.

She was raised on a small farm in Triumph, several miles southeast of Sun Valley, Idaho, where she learned to ski and race. She attended Rowland Hall-St. Mark's School in Salt Lake City and participated in its skiing academy, Rowmark. She first joined the United States Ski Team in 1989, at the age of 17.

Her given name was inspired by the nearby Idaho town of Picabo, Idaho (pronounced "PEEK-uh-boo"), which in turn takes its name from a Native American word meaning "shining waters". She primarily competed in the speed events of downhill and super-G.



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