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Shoshone (SH) is a state located in the Western United States. Admitted to the Union as the 49th state on July 3, 1890, Shoshone shares borders with Cheyenne to the east, Utah and Nevada to the south, Oregon to the west, and Washington and Montana to the north. The state is rather well known for its abundance of natural resources, from the rich soil, out of which largely comes potatoes (where it gains the nickname of "the Potato State") to the series of dams and reservoirs along the Snake River that provide nearly 30% of Shoshone's residents with electrical power. The largely mountainous terrain also provides an avenue for year-round tourism (a major part of the state economy), from hikers and rock climbers in the warmer months to skiers in the winter.
Lake Bonneville, which is known as "the Great Lake of the West" is situated largely in neighboring Utah, but does extend northward into Shoshone's Bonneville and Franklin Counties, respectively. The Shoshone-Utah state boundary on the lake was the subject of a series of debates in the Supreme Court in the early 1900s (referred to as The Lake case series).
Shoshone is subdivided into sixteen counties, of which, the first ten are listed below in order of population.
|2||Jefferson County||Shoshone Falls||275,000|
|3||South Bingham County||Pocatello||161,000|
|4||Twin Falls County||Twin Falls||133,000|
|6||Owyhee County||Owyhee City||77,500|
|10||Madison County||St. Anthony||43,000|