Prepared by a number of writers, and deriving its information from various sources, the History of Idaho is now submitted to the reader for his criticism. The compilation covers a long period of years, extending from the epoch of glorious statehood and the dawning of a new century back to the time when the untutored savages roamed at will over the plains and through the mountain fastnesses of this now opulent and attractive region of the great northwest, with none to dispute their dominion. In the collation of subject matter recourse has been had to divers authorities. These have been numerous, including various histories and historical collections, and implying an almost endless array of papers and documents, public, private, social and ecclesiastical. That so much matter could be gathered from so many sources and then sifted and assimilated for the production of one single volume without incurring a modicum of errors and inaccuracies would be too much to expect of any corps of writers, no matter how able they might be as statisticians or skilled as compilers of such works. It is, nevertheless, believed that no inaccuracies of a serious nature can be found to impair the historical value of the book, and it is also further believed that the results of our work will supply the exigent demand which called forth the efforts of the publishers and the editorial staff. Numerous extracts from other volumes and minor compilations, considered authoritative, have been made, with an eye ever single to the historical value of the matter used, while acknowledgment must be made to many who have come to our aid by personal contributions and the offering of data otherwise impossible of securing. To many are we indebted for such kindly courtesies and assistance, and with so much accredited authority, even in the face of seemingly insuperable obstacles, the publishers feel confident that a valuable book has been produced, one whose intrinsic worth will be cumulative and be the more appreciated as time advances.
Notes About the book:
Source: The Illustrated History of The State of Idaho, Written by a number of writers, Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois, 1899
Online Publication: The manuscript was scanned and then ocr'd. Minimal editing has been done to the historical section, and readers can and should expect some errors in the textual output. The Idaho Biographies are a second part of this book and you will find them on a separate biographies page, and indexed in our search or biographies section. The biographies have had editing done to them, but even then, may have some errors.