Idaho Potato Museum
History, Nutrition Facts, Gifts, Agriculture, and More!
Mmmmm….Idaho Potatoes. Boil ‘em, bake ‘em, mash ‘em, fry ‘em. You can do all of this and more, while wearing a T-shirt with a picture of Marilyn Monroe on it. She is wearing a potato sack.
Click here for picture of Marilyn in potato sack. Scroll down!
Don’t you wish you looked that good in a potato sack?
At least you can buy the T-shirt. Just travel to the Idaho Potato Museum in Blackfoot, Idaho. What, it’s too far? You can’t make it?
Then visit their EBay shop.
Besides Marilyn, you can purchase a T-shirt with Darth Tater Spud Wars on it, or some potato body cream. That way you can have access to soft, spud like skin shipped right to your door. Other delights include the Idaho Potato snow globe, and hand painted Idaho Potato Christmas tree ornaments.
Except, if you don’t go to the museum you won’t get to see THIS up close and personal.
This is as far as we got when my son and I drove many miles out of our way to visit the museum. At least we tried. Luckily, there’s a website until we can make our second attempt at a proper spud education. Yes, it was the same link as the Marilyn in Potato Sack picture.
You’ll see the open hours clearly listed on the home page. I sure wish I’d looked at those before we went. You will also find out about all the fabulous things you will learn there. Potato history, trivia, nutrition facts, and even a video presentation are all there waiting to fulfill your potato knowledge needs. From the home page, you can even access You Tube videos of the potato museum. Take a peek inside at the primitive agricultural tools that were initially used to dig for those spuds. Learn about the largest potato chip ever made by the Pringles Company in Tennessee. And, after you feel satisfied with your newfound potato knowledge, enjoy a picnic at the adjacent picnic area. There is also plenty of RV parking available.
The Potato Museum is a bit like the story of the Little Engine that could. It started out as a Railroad Depot which was built from 1903 to 1913. Meanwhile, some locals were buzzing about how to showcase the magic of Idaho potatoes. Ignoring naysayers, they opened the museum in 1988. 2000 people showed up in the first two weeks! 5000 people showed up the following year.
Of course, who doesn’t like potatoes?
Fun Potato Facts
There are some on a webpage on the potato museum website, but I thought I’d find some interesting ones of our own.
Potatoes were the first food to be grown in outer space. Good to know.
Fashionista Marie Antoinette accessorized with potato blossoms.
The potato can be traced back 4000 years, to South America.
The Europeans didn’t go for it at first. They thought it carried diseases. Plus, it wasn’t in the bible.
There is an Irish doctor that says potatoes are an aphrodisiac.
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