A northwestern state admitted to the union in 1890, Idaho is one of the largest and most sparsely populated states in the country. It originated as the Idaho Territory, a remnant of the Oregon Territory after a large chunk of that territory was turned into the state of Oregon. Crime in Idaho is fairly low, in large part because of the small population. In the territorial days, the territory—like the frontier in general—had a reputation for lawlessness, but the sort of frontier chaos detailed in dime novels really depended on ...

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