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Willing later claimed he had simply invented the name.
Congress ultimately decided to name the area Colorado Territory when it was created in February 1861.
The third syllable, "how", denotes the exclamation and stands for the same thing in Shoshoni that the exclamation mark (! The Shoshoni word is "Ee-dah-how", and the Indian thought thus conveyed when translated into English means, "Behold! Idaho borders six US states and one Canadian province.
The waters of the Snake River rush through Hells Canyon, the deepest gorge in the United States.
Shoshone Falls plunges down rugged cliffs from a height greater than Niagara Falls.
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".