Why is Idaho not the width of Snake River?

Many states that have rivers running through them have the entire river in their states. Why is there so little of the Snake River in Wyoming? Why didn't Idaho try to make it's borders wider to encompass the entire Snake River to it's right?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    The Snake River starts in Wyoming winds its way through Idaho ,Oregon & before dumping into the Columbia River. in Washington .That would be one big state.

    The Snake River is a major tributary of the Columbia River in the U.S. states of Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. The river's length is 1,040 miles its watershed drains 108,000 square miles and the average discharge at its mouth is 56,900 cubic feet per second The river flows from its source in Yellowstone National Park through a series of mountain ranges, canyons, and plains.

    What about the Missouri River??

    The headwaters of the Missouri are in the Rocky Mountains of southwestern Montana, near the small town of Three Forks, rising in the Jefferson, Madison, and Gallatin rivers. It flows east across the plains of Montana into North Dakota, then turns southeast, flowing into South Dakota, and along the north and eastern edge of Nebraska, forming part of its border with South Dakota and all of its border with Iowa, flowing past Sioux City and Omaha. It forms the entire boundary between Nebraska and Missouri, and part of the boundary between Missouri and Kansas. At Kansas City, it turns generally eastward, flowing across Missouri where it joins the Mississippi just north of St. Louis.

    Now that would be one HUGE State!!!

  • 1 decade ago

    State borders are usually a combination of geographic features and latitudinal/longitudianl lines. So....every state in the country (except Hawaii) has the same thing as you describe where geographical features are ignored. The Idaho/Wyoming border pretty much follows a longitudinal line (the 111th meridian) and I don't think they were the first state to do such a thing.

    If you want Idaho to have the whole Snake River, then you're going to have to have a chat with Washington as well since that's where it joins the Columbia. Good luck to you.

  • Oh, you haven't read about the Great Idaho/Wyoming River War of 1834-1897?

    Idaho lost.

  • Wayner
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Imagine how big Missouri, Mississippi, and Colorado would be if this were true. And the Columbia (we could claim part of Canada!).

    What about rivers that form the boundaries of states?

    I don't think this is a "rule of thumb" about the extent of state borders. There are so many exceptions to your statement that render it false.

    BTW...the name of Utah used to be "U-tah-ho"...but then there was a border dispute. "U da ho"..."No, I da ho". It just went downhill from there. So they shortned the name to "U-tah".

    :)

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    If you knew what Idaho was really like, then you would not wish that it were any larger than it already is.

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