The geographic center, or that point on which a surface of uniform thickness would balance, for the state is located in Custer County, southwest of Challis.
Statehood: 3 July 1890. Indian name of unknown meaning although some think it may have come from a Kiowa Apache name for the Comanche. The name became popular in its anglicized form during the 1850s and was originally proposed in Congress for the Territory that became Colorado. In 1861, the name was given to a country in the Washington Territory, which became part of a new Territory that Congress originally intended to name Montana but eventually named Idaho. (US-T131/1976/DOI - U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) News Release: Origin of Names of US States)