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Burley, Idaho, USA - Business District from Reservoir

Burley is a city in Cassia and Minidoka counties in the southern portion of the U.S. state of Idaho.

Burley is the third-largest city in Idaho's Magic Valley region after Twin Falls and Jerome.


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Business District from Reservoir
Burley, Idaho, USA

Business District from Reservoir
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Burley, Idaho, USA

National Hotel
Overland Avenue
Burley, Idaho, USA

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Burley, Idaho was founded in 1905.
Burley has a rich history dating back to the Oregon Trail migration. It’s location, next to the winding Snake River in the shadows of the mountains, has been a strategic place for centuries. It is home to the Oregon and California Trails along with more than thirty other pioneer trails. Burley is the county seat for Cassia County but portions of Burley are also in Minidoka County. about-burley/

In the first year or two of the century, a man named David E. Burley, a passenger agent for the Oregon Short Line Railroad Company, traveled through this area. While working for the Oregon Short Line, he became familiar with the area and its ability to grow sugar beets. In 1905, a man named I.B. Perrine and five others platted a town on the south bank of the Snake River. This town, of course, became known as Burley, Idaho.
1909 - Burley, Idaho incorporated
Burley officially became the county seat of Cassia County
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in and around Burley:
Snake River:

Take a stroll along the Snake River. The river offers a serene and picturesque setting. You can even have a picnic by the riverbanks.

Freedom Park:

Enjoy some outdoor fun at Freedom Park. It's a great spot for families with playgrounds, sports fields, and open spaces for various activities.

Storybook Park:

If you're with kids, Storybook Park is a must-visit. It's a whimsical park with play structures based on popular storybook characters.

Cassia Historical Society and Museum:

Explore the history of Burley at the Cassia Historical Society and Museum. It's a small but fascinating museum with exhibits that showcase the local history.

Burley Golf Course:

If you're a golf enthusiast, check out the Burley Golf Course. It's a well-maintained course with beautiful views.

Snake River Heritage Center:

Learn more about the agricultural heritage of the region at the Snake River Heritage Center. It provides insight into the farming and ranching history ... Read MORE...

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

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photo of Ida Mae BARBERIda Mae BARBER (12/24/1891, Salem, Idaho, USA - 02/05/1973, Burley, Idaho, USA)
male ancestorHenry Philerum TOUPIN (March 13 1894, Mentor, Polk, Minnesota, USA - January 4 1972, Burley, Idaho, USA)
female ancestorDella THURSTON (December 29, 1901, Hyde Park, Cache, Utah, USA - July 26, 1982, Burley, Idaho, USA)
male ancestorDonald GALBRAITH (05/11/1916, Lyman, Idaho, USA - 2 November 2000 , Burley, Idaho, USA)
male ancestorDon Elmo TOUPIN (June 20, 1926, Burley, Idaho, USA - August 3, 2015, Ogden, Weber, Utah, USA)

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