||Idaho population: 88,548. Idaho admitted to the Union as the 43rd state on July 3,
signed into law by President Benjamin Harrison. Great Northern Railroad completed across
the northern part of the state. Congress passes Federal Forest Reserve Act. First
legislative and statewide elections held. First session of the Idaho Legislature meets.
||Great Seal of the State of Idaho, a design drawn by Miss Emma Edwards, with the Latin
motto "Esto Perpetua" adopted. Idaho forest reserves created. Boise's electric
street railway commences operation on August 22. College of Idaho opens in Caldwell
October 9. Canyon and Alta counties created. President Benjamin Harrison plants Water Oak
on capitol grounds.
||High freight rates and low silver prices close Coeur d'Alene mines January 16. The
Farmers Alliance and the Knights of Labor organize the Idaho Populist Party in Boise May
26. Martial law commenced in the Coeur d'Alenes on July 14 following the dynamiting of the
Frisco Mill near Burke. University of Idaho opens October 3. Idaho Education Association
organized. Timber and Stone Act passes Congress, paving way for commercial timber industry
||The "Panic of '93" lead and silver prices collapsed, Coeur d'Alene mines
shut down. Western Federation of Miners formed. Office of State Mine Inspector
established. Idaho State Medical Society founded September 12. State Wool Growers
Association started at Mountain Home September 25. First state game laws enacted. State
Normal Schools (Colleges of Education) established at Lewiston and Albion. Legislature
enacts state wagon roads to connect north and south Idaho. Bannock and Fremont counties
||Albion Normal School opens January 8. Nez Perce Indian Reservation allotted to the
Indians. Congress passes Carey Act, makes possible reclamation of Snake River Valley. Gold
discovered in the Thunder Mountain country.
||Comprehensive irrigation law, providing for uniform use of public water, enacted on
March 9. Lincoln and Blaine counties created.
||Lewiston Normal School dedicated June 3. Idaho becomes first in the nation in
production of lead. Montpelier bank robbed by Butch Cassidy August 13. Idaho Legislature
calls on Congress to extend the right to vote to women. Idaho Republicans split, Silver
Republicans endorse William Jennings Bryan for President. Clashes between sheep and cattle
industries culminate in the murder of sheepherders allegedly by "Diamondfield"
Jack Davis. Cassia County created.
||President Grover Cleveland establishes Bitterroot Forest Reserve which includes much
of north Idaho. Legislature acts to protect bison within the state. State Board of Medical
Examiners established to regulate the practice of medicine.
||First Idaho regiment of military volunteers called into service for the Philippine
insurrection of the Spanish-American War. Fort Hall Indian Reservation allotted to the
Indians in parcels of 160 acres each, with the balance to be sold for the Indians'
||Position of State Fish and Game Warden created. Governor Steunenberg calls in federal
troops to suppress riot in the Coeur d'Alene mining district following the dynamiting of
the Bunker Hill and Sullivan concentrator.