Never mind that story about Idaho meaning "Gem of theMountains;" that's just historical fodder developed by old Chambers of Commerce. The truth was a little more pointed.
It seemed that when the Territory was first settled, there was a dearth of women. Frankly, none at all. Well, buffalo gals, but they never came out at night.
The locals advertised, "Send us women! Bounties offered!"
And, after a few weeks, a stagecoach came with six ladies in it.
The miners and ranchers stood around, and appraised the passengers as they got off the stage.
The first one off was a Junoesque brunette, who turned out to be a missionary from the Presbyterian Church.
The second one was married to the general store owner. She had a face like a hatchet.
The third one was a blonde schoolteacher.
The fourth one was in her eighties, and came to live with her prissy son.
And the fifth one was a traveling saleswoman, selling linens.
So the townsmen began to murmur: "Where's the women we can dance with and make love to?"
Everyone was disappointed, and were going away.
Finally, out of the stagecoach came an ordinary-looking woman, who announced, "I de 'ho!"
And all were pleased. As we she.
And in honor of her, they named the territory Idaho Territory.