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Idaho Falls Attractions and Things to See
Idaho Falls is the
biggest city in the eastern region of Idaho, and the biggest in
the state outside of Boise, serving as a center for eastern
Idaho and much of western Wyoming. Since it is an economic
center, is close to world class outdoor activities and a high
quality of life, it is considered one of the best places to
live, and served by the Idaho Falls Regional Airport, and home
of the Idaho Falls Chukars, a minor league baseball team. The
city would begin on the site of Taylor's Crossing, located along
the Montana Trail, that had been a timber framed bridge that was
constructed across the Snake River, built by Matt Taylor, in
1865, a Montana Trail freighter, that would construct the toll
bridge across a narrow black basaltic gorge of the Snake that
would succeed an earlier ferry about nine miles upstream by a
number of years. Taylor's bridge would help serve the new tide
of westward migration and other travel that would occur in the
region after the military was able to subdue the Shoshone
resistance at the Bear River Massacre by Preston, Idaho in 1863.
The bridge would facilitate the travel for settler moving north
and west, as well as for freighters, miners and other folks
seeking the riches that could be found in the golf fields of
Montana and Idaho, but especially for the boom towns of Virginia
City and Bannack in western Montana. In 1865, an eating
establishment, private bank, small hotel and livery stable would
spring up beside the bridge, and mail service arriving in 1866,
but it was called Eagle Rock back then. In 1891, it would be
renamed Idaho Falls, referring to the rapids that were roaring
below the bridge, and in 1895, the biggest irrigation canal
would start diverting water from the Snake into thousands of
acres using the Great Feeder, as it became known. The fields
would become lush with alfalfa, sugar beets, grains, potatoes
and peas, eventually becoming one of the most productive regions
in the nation.
It has grown into a regional center for business, travel and healthcare for southeastern Idaho, and had been mostly agriculture until the National Reactor Testing Station opened in 1949, bringing electricity and more to the city and area. It has added entertainment, retail, a regional medical center and restaurants that have increased productivity and the economy, which now houses the United Potato Growers of Idaho and district 7 of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.
It has become a significant cultural center, that include the Civic Auditorium, Willard Art Center and Colonial Theater, that provide year round plays, concerts and events, with the greenbelt along the Snake offering the Roaring Youth Jam, the Farmer's Market and the Melaleuca Freedom Celebration. The Museum of Idaho is a great regional destination that highlights the local relics and history, hosting numerous traveling exhibits that have included Titanic remains, Bodies" the Extinction, Gutenberg Bibles and dinosaur bones. The city welcomes many visitors going to the Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, Jackson Hole and the fabulous fishing along the Snake River that is now world class. There are many galleries, theaters, restaurants, stores and local shops located in and around the city that provide anything that a visitor or local wants, needs or desires.
The city has more than fifty restaurants that offer American, eclectic, international, barbeque, pizza, Chinese, seafood, steaks, Mexican, southwestern, burgers, fast food and other types of cuisine that is sure to please anyone's palate, with excellent coffee shops, bakeries and ice cream shops to keep that hunger away for the whole day as you peruse the many attractions and destinations available here.