Fact for September 7, 2008
Island Park, Idaho, often claims to have the longest Main Street in the world since the “city” (pop. 215) is 33 miles long and averages only 500 feet wide. Essentially the lodges and camps along Routes 87 and 20 incorporated in 1947 to get around some weird state liquor law. I didn’t know this fact until after I had driven through last weekend, but, luckily, snapped a photo from the beginning of Idaho Route 87 right on the Montana/Idaho border where Island Park “begins.” This border also happens to be the Continental Divide so the lake you see (Henry’s Lake) drains into the Pacific eventually while everything behind me drains into the Atlantic (only a few miles to the west are the true headwaters of the Missouri River).