Twin Falls, Idaho

city in and county seat of Twin Falls County, Idaho, United States

Twin Falls is a city in Idaho in the United States. It is the county seat of Twin Falls County, Idaho. The 2020 population was 51,807.[3]

Twin Falls, Idaho
Downtown Twin Falls in 2016
Downtown Twin Falls in 2016
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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 United States
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; -114.47083
CountryUnited States
CountyTwin Falls
IncorporatedApril 12, 1905
 • TypeCouncil-manager
 • City19.47 sq mi (50.43 km2)
 • Land19.36 sq mi (50.13 km2)
 • Water0.11 sq mi (0.30 km2)
Elevation3,734 ft (1,138 m)
 • City51,807
 • Density2,676.7/sq mi (1,033.5/km2)
 • Metro
Time zoneUTC-7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP Code
83301 (street addresses)
83303 (PO Boxes)
Area code(s)208, 986
FIPS code16-82810
GNIS feature ID0398273[2]
U.S. Route(s)link = U.S. Route 30 in Idaho link = U.S. Route 93 in Idaho

History change

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.[5] 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.[5] 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[6] as a village.

On February 21, 1907, Twin Falls became the county seat of the new Twin Falls County.[7] 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.[8] 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

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

  1. "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 19, 2023.
  2. 2.0 2.1 U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Twin Falls, Idaho
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Twin Falls city, Idaho". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 19, 2023.
  4. "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Smith, Paul. "The History of Twin Falls". Twin Falls (Idaho) official website. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  6. "Welcome to Twin Falls County, Idaho". Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  7. "Twin Falls". Official website of the State of Idaho. State of Idaho. Archived from the original on 17 March 2016. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  8. Miller, Hack (September 9, 1974). "Evel Puzzle: What Popped Chute?". Deseret News. Retrieved 23 January 2016.