Twin Falls, Idaho

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Twin Falls, Idaho
Skyline of Twin Falls, Idaho
Location of Twin Falls in Twin Falls County, Idaho
Location of Twin Falls in Twin Falls County, Idaho
Coordinates: 42°33′10.43″N 114°28′14.09″W / 42.5528972°N 114.4705806°W / 42.5528972; -114.4705806Coordinates: 42°33′10.43″N 114°28′14.09″W / 42.5528972°N 114.4705806°W / 42.5528972; -114.4705806
Country  United States
State  Idaho
County Twin Falls
Founded 1904
Incorporated 1905
 • Mayor Shawn Barigar[1]
 • City Manager Travis Rothweiler[2]
Elevation 1,141 m (3,745 ft)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 44,125
 • Estimate (2014) 46,528
Time zone Mountain Standard Time (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) Mountain Daylight Time (UTC-6)
ZIP Code 83301 (street addresses)
83303 (PO Boxes)
Area code(s) 208

Twin Falls is a city in Idaho in the United States. It is the county seat of Twin Falls County, Idaho. The 2010 population was 44,125.[3] The estimated population for July 1, 2014 is 46,528.[3]

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.[4] 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.[4] 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[5] as a village.

On February 21, 1907, Twin Falls became the county seat of the new Twin Falls County.[6] Prior to that, the city was part of Cassia County.

Evel Knievel's rocket cycle.

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.[7] Located on private property at 42°35′49″N 114°25′23″W / 42.597°N 114.423°W / 42.597; -114.423, 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.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Barigar Picked as New Twin Falls Mayor". Times-News. Retrieved 17 January 2016. 
  2. "City of Twin Falls, City Manager". Official website. City of Twin Falls. Retrieved 17 January 2016. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "QuickFacts - Twin Falls, ID". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Smith, Paul. "The History of Twin Falls". Twin Falls (Idaho) official website. Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  5. "Welcome to Twin Falls County, Idaho". Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  6. "Twin Falls". Official website of the State of Idaho. State of Idaho. Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  7. Miller, Hack (September 9, 1974). "Evel Puzzle: What Popped Chute?". Deseret News. Retrieved 23 January 2016. 

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