Idaho: A History in Pictures

Justin Smith and Skip Myers
ISBN: 978-1-77276-168-9

With more than 130 photographs, many of them seen here for the first time, Idaho History: 1800 to Present offers a stunning portrait of this one-of-a-kind state.

From the Cataldo Mission of the Sacred Heart at the Coeur d’Alene’s Old Mission State Park―the oldest standing building in Idaho―to historic Fort Hall in Pocatello―one of the most important supply points on the Oregon and California trails―to panning for gold in the Boise Basin, to the log drives on the Clearwater River, and the rampant poverty of the Great Depression, it is all here! Idaho History: 1800 to Present offers us a window into the past so vivid you can almost hear the prospectors heading off to the mines.

Justin Smith and Skip Myers have put together the definitive photographic account of the Gem State.


Faced with two centuries of diverse Idaho history, Skip Myers and Justin Smith deliver with the essentials. From the Bonneville flood scablands of the south to the old-growth forests in the north, they have mined and polished jewels from the Gem State’s historical legacy and reported them in a readable and pictorial format that will have even native Idahoans saying, “I didn’t know that.”

— Steven Branting, Institutional Historian, Lewis-Clark State College


This is a book you’ll pick up again and again. The pictures and text bring the history of Idaho to life. It is a keeper.

— Arlen Walker, President of the Bannock County Historical Society