Twin Falls, Idaho

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Twin Falls, Idaho
City
Downtown Twin Falls
Downtown Twin Falls
Motto(s): People Serving People
Location of Twin Falls in Twin Falls County, Idaho.
Location of Twin Falls in Twin Falls County, Idaho.
Twin Falls, Idaho is located in the US
Twin Falls, Idaho
Twin Falls, Idaho
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 42°33′20″N 114°28′15″W / 42.55556°N 114.47083°W / 42.55556; -114.47083Coordinates: 42°33′20″N 114°28′15″W / 42.55556°N 114.47083°W / 42.55556; -114.47083
Country United States
State Idaho
County Twin Falls
Incorporated April 12, 1905
Government
 • Type council-manager
 • Mayor Shawn Barigar[1]
 • City Manager Travis Rothweiler[2]
Area[3]
 • 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)
Population (2010)
 • City 44,125
 • Estimate (2016) 48,260
 • Density 2,526.70/sq mi (975.58/km2)
 • Metro 106,508
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP Code 83301 (street addresses)
83303 (PO Boxes)
Area code(s) +1 208
FIPS code 16-82810
GNIS feature ID 0398273
Interstate I-84.svg
U.S. Route(s) link = U.S. Route 30 in Idaho link = U.S. Route 93 in Idaho
Website http://www.tfid.org

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. The estimated population for July 1, 2014 is 46,528.

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.

References[change | change source]

  1. Brown, Nathan. "Barigar Picked as New Twin Falls Mayor", Times-News, January 5, 2016. (Retrieved January 5, 2016)
  2. Twin Falls, ID - Official Website - City Manager (Retrieved January 17, 2012)
  3. "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 26, 2017. 
  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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