Twin Falls Idaho was incorporated in 1905. The city is named after a nearby waterfall on the Snake River. Settlement of the area increased after a local farmer and rancher B. Perrine founded the Twin Falls Land and Water Company in 1900 and later obtained permission and financing to build a dam on the Snake River. The dam finished in 1905 allowed for the construction of irrigation canals providing water to fields and made growing crops in the arid desert easier.
Nearby is the location where Evel Knievel attempted to jump across the Snake River Canyon in 1974 on a rocket-powered motorcycle.
Twin falls is the county seat of Twin Falls County Idaho. Twin Falls had an estimated population of 48,260 people in 2016. The city sits at an elevation of 3745ft.
Arts & Culture:
College of Southern Idaho Held its first classes in 1965 at the Twin Falls High School. College of Southern Idaho offers Majors focused on transfer to four-year schools, programs, and courses to improve student’s marketability in the workforce, short-term and custom training programs, and others.
Herrett Center for Arts and Science: The Herrett Center is a non-profit museum on the campus of College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls Idaho. The center exhibits anthropological artifacts and natural history specimens with an emphasis on prehistoric American continents.
Idaho Heritage Museum The museum is around 7000 square feet and houses one of the largest privately-owned artifact and animal collections in the United States. Located at 2390 Highway 93 South, Twin Falls, Idaho. Summer hours Wednesday – Sunday 11 – 4 PM.
Parks & Recreation:
Shoshone Falls State Park Shoshone Falls sometimes referred to as “the Niagara of the West” at 212 feet high are actually 45 feet taller than Niagra Falls. The water flows over a rim nearly 1000 feet wide. The falls are part of the Snake River located approximately 3 miles northeast of the city of Twin Falls Idaho. The best view is in the spring of the year when water flows are at their highest levels due to spring run-off from the Rocky Mountains.
Perrine Bridge The Perrine Bridge named after I.B. Perrine who is credited as the main founder of the city of Twin Falls. The bridge opened in 1927, is a four-lane truss arch span over the Snake River Canyon. It is approximately 1500 feet long and 486 feet above the Snake River.
Snake River Canyon Trails The trails include more than 10 miles of developed trails throughout Twin Falls and along the Snake River Canyon.
Shoshone Indian Ice Caves Explore the largest of the lava caves 100 feet underground. The cave is 1700 feet long, 50 feet wide, and 45 feet in height. The cave is a natural refrigerator creating a glacier that is 1000 feet long and varies from 8 to 30 feet in depth. Cave temperatures vary from 23 to 33 degrees year-round.
City of Rocks National Reserve Described as “a city of tall spires,” “steeple rocks,” and “the silent city” the rock formations offer a popular place for rock climbers, hikers, hunters, and photographers.
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