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Journey back in time to Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA

(Eagle Rock)

Visit Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA. Discover its history. Learn about the people who lived there through stories, old newspaper articles, pictures, postcards and ancestry.

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Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA - Park Avenue

Idaho Falls, Bonneville, Idaho, USA

What became Idaho Falls was the site of Taylor’s Crossing on the Montana Trail which was a timber frame bridge built across the Snake River. The 1865 bridge was built by Matt Taylor who was a Montana Trail freighter who built a toll bridge across a narrow black basaltic gorge of the river that succeeded a ferry seven miles upstream by several years...

Mail service postmarks indicate that by 1866 the emerging town had become known as Eagle Rock...

In 1891 the town voted to change its name to Idaho Falls, in reference to the rapids that existed below the bridge...


There is MUCH more to discover about Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA. Read on!

Idaho Falls Nostalgia: Vintage Photos, Ads, and Postcards

Park Avenue
Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA

Park Avenue
Hotel Bonneville
Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA

Hotel Bonneville

"The Hotel Bonneville on C Street (now Constitution Avenue) was built by the Idaho Falls Community Hotel Corporation, a group of 421 local citizens under the direction of Idaho Falls attorney O. A. Johannsen and the chamber of commerce. It wa built to bring a first-class hotel with convention facilities downtown and boasted a large central lobby, two dining rooms, and a ballroom. The five-story Italian Renaissance-style building boasted the states's first 'fireproof' construction..."

Idaho Falls Post Register
by William Hathaway
Arcadia Publishing, 2009
Trout Hatchery and Park
Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA

Trout Hatchery and Park

Discover Idaho Falls: History, News, Travel, and Stories

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1895 - Idaho Falls
Idaho Falls, formerly Eagle Rock, a post-village of Bingham co., Idaho, 27 miles by rail N. by E. of Blackfoot. It has a bank, 2 newspaper offices, a lumber-yard, a flour mill, and other industries. Pop. in 1890, about 300.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1929 - February 16 - KID-AM in Idaho Falls ID begins radio transmissions
1953 - December 20 - KID TV channel 3 in Idaho Falls, ID (CBS) 1st broadcasting
2023 - Idaho Falls has a bunch of cool places to visit and things to do. Here's a list:
Idaho Falls Riverwalk:

Take a leisurely stroll along the beautiful Snake River on the Idaho Falls Riverwalk. It's a scenic path with lovely views, perfect for a relaxing walk or bike ride.


Enjoy the Greenbelt along the Snake River, which offers parks, picnic spots, and even a fishing pond. It's a great place to unwind and soak in the natural beauty.

Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park:

If you're an animal lover, check out the zoo. It's home to a variety of species and provides a fun and educational experience for visitors of all ages.

Museum of Idaho:

Delve into the history and culture of the region at the Museum of Idaho. It features exhibits on everything from dinosaurs to Native American artifacts, giving you a fascinating look into the area's past.

Snake River Landing:

This area offers a mix of dining, shopping, and recreational activities. It's a vibrant spot with a marina, making it a great place to explore and enjoy the riverside... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA

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