Twin Falls, Idaho
|Twin Falls, Idaho|
Downtown Twin Falls
|Motto(s): People Serving People|
Location of Twin Falls in Twin Falls County, Idaho.
|Incorporated||April 12, 1905|
|• Mayor||Shawn Barigar|
|• City Manager||Travis Rothweiler|
|• City||19.21 sq mi (49.75 km2)|
|• Land||19.10 sq mi (49.47 km2)|
|• Water||0.11 sq mi (0.28 km2)|
|Elevation||3,745 ft (1,141 m)|
|• Estimate (2016)||48,260|
|• Density||2,526.70/sq mi (975.58/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-7 (MST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-6 (MDT)|
|ZIP Code||83301 (street addresses)|
83303 (PO Boxes)
|Area code(s)||+1 208|
|GNIS feature ID||0398273|
History[change | change source]
In 1900, I. B. Perrine founded the Twin Falls Land and Water Company to build an irrigation canal in the area now known as Twin Falls. One of the investors was named Stanley Milner. By 1903, Perrine and his investors had government approval to build a dam on the Snake River. The dam was finished in 1905. It is now called Milner Dam. It allows farmers in the area to irrigate their crops.
In 1904, some property in the area was sold off to start a few towns. One of those towns was Twin Falls. The others include Buhl, Filer, Hansen, Kimberly, and Murtaugh. Many of those towns were named for the original investors in the Twin Falls land and Water Company.
Twin Falls was incorporated on April 12, 1905 as a village.
On September 8, 1974, Evel Knievel attempted to jump the Snake River Canyon on a rocket cycle at a site close to Twin Falls. The attempt failed. Located on private property at , the ramp's base remains in place as of January, 2016. Evel Knievel was paid six million dollars (US) for trying to jump the canyon. The payment was promised no matter the outcome of the attempt.
Government[change | change source]
Twin Falls has a council-manager form of government. The city council hires a manager to supervise city employees on a day-to-day basis, and the position of "mayor" is appointed by the city council from among their own members.
References[change | change source]
- Brown, Nathan. "Barigar Picked as New Twin Falls Mayor", Times-News, January 5, 2016. (Retrieved January 5, 2016)
- Twin Falls, ID - Official Website - City Manager (Retrieved January 17, 2012)
- "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 26, 2017.
- Smith, Paul. "The History of Twin Falls". Twin Falls (Idaho) official website. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
- "Welcome to Twin Falls County, Idaho". Retrieved 23 January 2016.
- "Twin Falls". Official website of the State of Idaho. State of Idaho. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
- Miller, Hack (September 9, 1974). "Evel Puzzle: What Popped Chute?". Deseret News. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
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