Idaho's state building  stood in the western group of State buildings, not far from the Boer War attraction.

The one story-high  hacienda was designed in a  Spanish style, complete , with the inner  patio and slate roof. It was 61 feet square. At a cost of 6,964 dollars, the structure contained ten rooms,  arranged on the four sides of the  open  patio. The roof was of red tile and the exterior of cream-colored staff.

The interior finish served to show the utility of Idaho woods for this particular use.  Women displays occupied the north side of the building. 

Inside the Idaho State building, there was a large collection of Mission furniture, while Indian decorations, especially basket-work were displayed in plenty.

Transparencies and mounted photographs illustrated the vast forest resources of the state.


The building was sold at the close of the Fair to a Texan.

The state showed  pleasing exhibits at the Palace of Horticulture  as well as promoted its bountiful mineral mineral deposits (particularly opals),   at  the Palace of Mines.  Also shown were:  specimens of lead ores from Halley and Wood Rivet district, where lead to the value of 20,000,000  dollars had been taken out.  These specimens included some of the Minnie Moore deposits, the most famous mine in Idaho's history, whose best ores showed 70% lead and 110 ounces of silver to the ton. A few specimens of gold-bearing quartz from the Boise basin were shown.  Included was-  gold ores from Shoshone County showed the wide distribution of the yellow metal, which appeared in every county in Idaho. 






















In the Palace of Agriculture, Idaho exhibited  47 varieties of wheat, 41 varieties of oats, 32 varieties of flax--the only specimen of white flaxseed known to exist, from the farm of Alonzo McWillis, of Rosetta, who received a gold medal for his exhibit.

It was not practicable to show Idaho melons, strawberries, and small fruits in fresh condition, but a display with a showy array of canned fruits and dried fruits of favorite sorts attracted attention. Idaho potatoes of the 5-pound class were a part of the exhibit, along with turnips, carrots, parsnips, onions, and other vegetables.

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