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The State of Idaho /ˈdəh/ is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States of America. The state's largest city and capital is Boise. Idaho was admitted to the Union on July 3, 1890, as the 43rd state.

According to the United States Census Bureau, in 2008, Idaho had an estimated population of 1,523,816 making it the 39th most populated state. Idaho has a total area of 83,632 square miles (216,632 km²) making it the 14th largest state in the nation

The state's postal abbreviation is ID and its area code is 208. Residents are called "Idahoans". Idaho's nickname is the Gem State because of its abundance of natural resources. The state motto is Esto Perpetua (Latin for "Let it be forever").

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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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