On the banks of the Snake River at the foot of west slope of the northern Rockies lies Idaho Falls Idaho a beautiful farming, ranching, and high tech community. As a gateway community to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National parks and a hub for the best wild trout fishing in the lower 48 states Idaho Falls is also a great recreational community.
Idaho Falls is the county seat and largest city of Bonneville County, Idaho, United States. As of the 2000 Census the population of Idaho Falls was 50,730, with a metro population of 119,396. (2006 estimate: 52,786).
Idaho Falls is the second largest city in the Eastern Idaho region. Its estimated 2006 population falls short of Pocatello by only 1,146 persons. Idaho Falls is the principal city of and is included in the Idaho Falls, Idaho Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Idaho Falls-Blackfoot, Idaho Combined Statistical Area. Idaho Falls is the third largest metropolitan area in the state behind the Boise City-Nampa and Coeur d'Alene metropolitan areas. It is the largest metropolitan area of the Eastern Idaho region. The city is served by the Idaho Falls Regional Airport and is home to the Idaho Falls Chukars minor league baseball team.
What became Idaho Falls was originally the site of Taylor’s Crossing, a timber frame bridge built across the Snake River. The bridge was built by Matt Taylor, a freighter, who, in 1865, built a toll bridge across a narrow black basaltic gorge of the river that succeeded a ferry nine miles upstream by a few years. Taylor’s bridge served the new tide of westward migration and travel in the region that followed the military suppression of Shoshone resistance at the Bear River Massacre near Preston, Idaho in 1863.
The bridge-improved travel for settlers moving for miners, freighters, and others seeking riches in the gold fields of central Idaho and western Montana. A private bank a hotel, a livery stable, and a roadhouse also sprang up at the bridge in 1865. By 1866, the emerging town had a stage station and mail service postmarked “Eagle Rock” as the area was already known by the name of the earlier ferry crossing upstream and to the north called Eagle Rock. The town changed its name to Eagle Rock in 1872 after the rock island in the river that was the nesting site for numerous eagles seven miles north.
There had been a few cattle and sheep ranchers in the area for years. In 1874, water rights were established on nearby Willow Creek and the first grain harvested but settlement was sparse consisting of only a couple of families and small ditches for irrigation. The first child of European decent was born at Eagle Rock in 1874 also.
The winds of change blew in the form of the Utah and Northern Railroad that came north from Utah through Eagle Rock to cross the Snake River at the same narrow gorge as the wooden bridge. The U&NR was building its road to the large copper mines at Butte, Montana with the backing of robber baron Jay Gould as Union Pacific Railroad had purchased the U&NR only a few years prior. Grading crews reached Eagle Rock in late 1878 and by early 1879 a wild camp-town with dozens of tents and shanties moved to Eagle Rock with the usual collection of saloons, dancehalls, and gambling holes. The railroad company had 16 locomotives and 300 train cars working between Logan, Utah and the once quiet stage stop. A new iron railroad bridge was fabricated in Athens, Pennsylvania at a cost of $30,000 and shipped, by rail, to the site and erected in April and May of 1879. The bridge was 800 feet long and in two spans with an island in the center. The camp-town moved on but Eagle Rock, the little town at the wooden bridge, now had regular train service and was the site for several of the railroad’s buildings, shops, and facilities expanding and completely transforming the town.
Settlers began homesteading the Upper Snake River Valley as soon as the railroad came through. The first of the new settlers carved out homesteads to the north at Egin (near present day Parker) and at Poole’s Island (near present day Menan) and were almost entirely Mormon. Reports of their success reached Mormon Church officials in Utah and, in 1883; the Church organized Mormon colonization of the Upper Snake River Valley. Large scale settlement ensued and in a decade, the pious, industrious, and somewhat communal Mormons built roads, bridges, dams, and irrigation canals that brought most of the Upper Snake River Valley under cultivation. In 1887, following the construction of the Oregon Short Line, most of the railroad facilities were removed to Pocatello but Eagle Rock was fast becoming the commercial center of an agricultural empire.
In 1891, the town voted to rename itself to Idaho Falls, after the rapids that existed below the bridge. In 1895, only 12 years after the onset of Mormon colonization, the largest irrigation canal in the world, named the Great Feeder, began diverting water from the Snake River and aided in converting tens of thousands of acres of desert into green farmland in the vicinity of Idaho Falls. The area grew sugar beets, potatoes, peas, grains, and alfalfa and became one of the most productive regions of the United States.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints completed construction and dedicated their Idaho Falls Temple on September 23, 1945 to serve the large LDS population in the area.
Four golf courses are located within minutes of Idaho Falls. Southeast of the city is 18-hole Sandcreek Golf Course, one of three maintained by the city of Idaho Falls. Sandcreek opened for business in 1980 and has become very popular with local golfers. Pinecrest Golf Course, and the brand new Sage Lakes Golf Course round out the three public 18-hole courses in the area. A private course, Idaho Falls Country Club, is also an 18-hole course, just south of the city in the foothills. Six other courses can be found within a 50-mile drive of Idaho Falls.
Should you desire to get closer to nature, camping opportunities abound in eastern Idaho. Whether you select campsites located in the Palisades Reservoir region, Island Park, or choose to head west to the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. Also, for the not so nature bound, commercial campsites are located within minutes of downtown Idaho Falls.
Eastern Idaho has plenty of room for hunters and permits are easily available. Varieties range for trophy elk, mule deer, and antelope to bear, moose, upland game birds, and waterfowl. Hunter congestion is rare.
Eastern Idaho's fly-fishing is incomparable. "The Henry's Fork is the premier dry fly fishing stream in the entire world," says John Randolph, editor of Fly Fishing Magazine. Both Henry's Fork and the South Fork of the Snake River offer unparalleled opportunities for fishing and the tributaries and reservoirs produce excellent rainbow, eastern brook, brown and cutthroat trout, kokanee salmon and whitefish. Eastern Idaho is quickly becoming a central destination for western fly-fishing and fly-fishing enthusiasts. It has become a perfect location for the person that enjoys getting out of the big city.
Idaho Falls is a hub to some of the finest blue ribbon trout waters in the world. The Henry's Fork, the South Fork of the Snake, the Madison, the Silver Creek, the Beaverhead, the Big Hole, Henry's Lake, and Yellowstone are all within a two-hour drive or less from our city. Many other small streams, rivers and lakes offer excellent fishing without the crowds.
Wildlife Viewing and Photography throughout the region. Fly-fishing is only part of the fun. You'll also view abundant wildlife such a moose, deer, grizzly bear, black bear, otter, elk, and an occasional mountain goat. The largest population of nesting bald eagles in the lower 48 states can also be seen on the banks of the South Fork. You can witness the country's top trout fishing experts at work, the ospreys, as well as ducks, geese, great blue herons, and more that 80 species of non-game birds.
If you’re visiting eastern Idaho, be sure to take time out to enjoy our spectacular river system. You can choose 1/2 day, full day, or longer trips. You can make your selection form rafts, kayaks, canoes, drift boats, or even jet boats.
The Middle Fork of the Salmon River remains Idaho's most famous stretch of river. This river is now federally protected as a "wild and scenic" river. The Snake River below the Palisades Reservoir, as well as just outside of Jackson, Wyoming, offers excitement and splendor. For a more relaxed, leisurely float, the Big Springs National Water Trail near Island Park take four hours and offers wildlife viewing opportunities.
The upper elevations of Eastern Idaho are buried deep in snow in the winter months. For the Nordic skier, groomed trails are located within the national forest boundaries and on private ground. The Trail system will provide a challenge for skiers at all skill levels. Close by Alpine Ski areas include: Kelly Canyon, Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole. Pictured here, the Idaho Side of the Grand Teton Mountain rises to almost 14,000 feet above sea level and receives an average 500 inches of snowfall each winter. Grand Targhee Ski Resort is located near this mountain.
An extensive network of groomed snowmobile trail is maintained throughout Eastern Idaho. This playground includes both public and private lands. Trail maps are available detailing major routes as well as areas that are closed to snowmobiling. Several shops and resorts rent snowmobiles and the necessary gear and offer guide service for day trips.
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Falls; the place to be • The
city of Idaho Falls, originally known as Eagle Rock,
found its beginnings with the influx of miners, fur
trades, trappers, travelers, pioneers, and early settlers.
That, along with the development of the railroad,
ferries, and bridges which spanned the Snake River,
solidified the existence of Idaho Falls. Idaho Falls
is situated on the valley floor astride the Snake
River at an elevation of 4,744 feet and is the county
seat of Bonneville County. Idaho Falls lies 50 miles
north of Pocatello and 100 miles from Yellowstone
and Grand Teton National Parks.........
Receives Alternative Energy Grant • IDAHO FALLS, ID -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June
15, 2006 -- Intrepid Technology and Resources, Inc.
a renewable alternate energy company,
announces the award of a 50,000 dollar State of Idaho
Department of Water Resources grant for the installation
of anaerobic digestion technology to produce useable
inaugurate energy studies center •
By Dan Boyd • IDAHO FALLS - On his first trip to
Gem State as the nation's energy secretary, Samuel Bodman
sugarcoat the realities of creating a high-profile nuclear
energy think tank in Idaho Falls." The truth is this is a major project with major ambitions that extend
far beyond this state," he said. "This endeavor would be very easy
to fail at."
Falls, Idaho • By Mike
Steere • Outside magazine, July 1995 - A town where you can
have a real job, a real life, and still get to move
in with the scenery. Several reasons to split the
city and head for the Big Outdoors.
Idaho Falls ranks high on safest cities in
This year's list is in of the safest cities
in America, and several Idaho towns are included.
Idaho Falls ranks high on the list, and city officials
say that could have an impact on its future.
Nightside reporter Andrew Del Greco has more.This is just
another reason why the city will continue to grow, and
why businesses will keep coming in. Among 138 small cities
throughout the country, Idaho Falls ranks 10th as the most
secure and safe town in America.
Grizzly Bear at Oxbow Bend in Grand Teton National Park
Featuring sixteen photos by Daryl L. Hunter the publisher of the Greater Yellowstone Resource Guide
Wyoming's Seven Greatest Natural Wonders
Wyoming's BEST photos of Wyoming's BEST places by Wyoming's BEST photographers. These three short phrases sum up this book about Wyoming's most scenic and natural places.
It all started with a newspaper column Bill Sniffin wrote in 2007 called Wyoming's 7 Greatest Natural Wonders, which include Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Thermopolis Hot Springs, Devils Tower National Monument, the vast Red Desert, historic South Pass and the high impact North Platte River system.
This book features an introduction by Governor Matt Mead and a chapter by U.S. Senator Mike Enzi.
Grizzly 399 produces triplets again, or so it seems. Absent is the red ear tag bling that positively identified her in the past. Nonetheless a 400-pound road tolerant grizzly sow has shown up in Grizzly 399’s territory with three new adorable cubs. With my caveat stated, we will assume this is 399. This prolific sow produced her first cub around 2001 and her first triplets in 2006, the second set of triplets in 2011 and now a third bunch of fur balls for spring of 2013. ............rest of story
Spring has sprung it Yellowstone and now its time to go for a drive. Most of the gates are open and all soon will be. The weather is shaping up, and Yellowstone’s peak predator viewing is in full swing.Around the first of April Grizzlies without cubs started coming out of their dens followed shortly by sows with older cubs. We are still waiting for the bears with new cubs to emerge from their dens with new little balls of fur, but the wait won’t be long.
The Canon Pack wolves are moving back into the Hayden Valley after wintering elsewhere with less snow. The Lamar and Blacktail packs have been seen throughout the winter and continue to put on a nice show for the lucky who find them......................... Rest of story
The T. A. Moulton Barn the most photographed barn in the world is in need of restoration work.
The T.A. Moulton Barn
Foto foder for millions of us photographers it is time for us to give back. Due to age and weathering, it is deteriorating rapidly. The T. A. Moulton Barn Celebrating 100 years “An Icon of Jackson Hole” In 2013 the iconic T. A. Moulton barn celebrates it 100th birthday. Started out of necessity to shelter his horses against the harsh winters of Western Wyoming and Jackson Hole, Thomas Alma Moulton didn’t know he was building a future landmark to a nation and Mecca for photographers to come to.
For more information on the Moulton Barn Centennial Party on July 20th is coming along very well. I will be posting details of events here and on the website soon. We are excited about the possibility of Wyoming Gov Mead possibly attending. He is not confirmed yet, but the event is on his calendar.
A stranger was roaming around. Black-haired, big, and handsome, he'd wandered into town a few days earlier and was looking for some action. Right now he was hanging out near some young females – twins, by the looks of them – and hoping to get to know them a little better. But unfortunately for him, it wasn't to be. Just as he was getting comfortable, their mom and dad showed up.
Two gray wolves, a few hundred yards south, their thick winter fur silhouetted against the snow. They took off toward the interloper at a dead sprint, two blurs racing along the frozen creekbed. The new wolf, sizing up the scene, tucked his tail between his legs and ran away. rest of story
Haden Valley's alpha male of the Canyon wolf pack wolf 712m
Eight years ago, John Kerr had no idea what to do next when he retired from his job as a public television executive in Boston at age 65. For four decades, he had worked at WGBH, most recently appealing for funds on the air, turning him into a highly recognizable mendicant...................After flummoxing around for about a month, he put his belongings in storage, loaded up his camper truck and drove west to Jackson Hole, Wyoming where his family owned a small condominium. During his travels, he stopped by the Yellowstone National Foundation, which raises funds for Yellowstone National Park, and happened to hear that it was hiring people to educate visitors about wolves........................He immediately applied for a position -- and landed it...................... rest of story
When I envisioned life in Yellowstone, I saw wild animals struggling to survive in the cold, snowy winter landscape. I knew that watching nature under harsh conditions would not always be pretty but I prepared myself to meet the realities of nature head on. Wolves, of course, played the top role in my mind but I had only seen them in the wild a couple of times and so the learning slate was clean and I couldn’t wait to learn. Never did it occur to me that there would be a small group of humans who spent their winter in Lamar Valley watching wolves and claiming ownership of them. Negative encounters with people was the last thing on my mind................ rest of story