Idaho Falls Idaho Spring? Also Pictures of the Frozen Falls in Winter!

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I recently read a blog on whether it was spring yet in our area by Glenda and Steven McDaniel. I work in Utah and live in Idaho. I was home last weekend and thought I would take a picture of the falls in spring. If you can call it spring because it was cold, windy, and there was a chance of snow. I also thought it would be a good time to add a few pictures, from 2002, of what the falls look like in the winter when, at times, they freeze. Very pretty. Later, in a future blog, I will have to show you pictures of how beautiful Idaho Falls looks in the summer.

I will give you a short history of the falls. Idaho Falls has been called a few other names before settling on Idaho Falls. When the many people were headed to the gold mines around 1863, Matt Taylor went through the area and thought about how it would be a good idea to build a bridge over the Snake River so that people could get to the mining fields and to get supplies to that area. He went on to Montana and came back in the winter of 1865. While the river was frozen he built the first bridge and named it Taylor's bridge. The area became Taylor's crossing and a supply store was built.

While Matt Taylor was in Montana, Harry Ricketts started a ferry services up the river from where Taylor's bridge would be built. It was named the Eagle Rock Ferry because it was near a rock that the Eagles nested in. In 1972, Taylor's crossing was renamed Eagle Rock. By 1880 there were 249 residents of Eagle Rock. The first canals were dug in 1884. With irrigation came agriculture. Idaho agricultural products include wheat, barley, sugar beets, oats, and the ever famous Idaho Potato! In 1891, the town residents renamed the town Idaho Falls after the rapids near the bridge.

In 1901, the first generating plant was built. A dam was created up river and retaining walls were built near the bridge. This was the beginning of the falls.They generate hydro-electric power for the area and for as far away as California.The falls were modified in 1982.  

 

 

 Idaho Falls Idaho falls in spring 2008

 

 Idaho Falls Idaho frozen falls 2002

 

Idaho Falls Idaho Frozen falls

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Carol Judd
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Julie,   The frozen falls are incredible.  What fun photos.  Thanks
Apr 24, 2008 08:36 AM #1
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Julie Kippen
Vernal, UT
It is cold, windy and snowing in Idaho Falls today. Not sure when true warm weather is coming.
Apr 24, 2008 08:56 AM #2
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Dick Betts
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Julie, Thank you for commenting on my Blog "Setting up a Fear Button".  I hope you help spread the word everytime you see somebody with a Treo.  Thanks again for the visit!
Apr 26, 2008 01:12 AM #3
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Mirela Monte
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Julie, with as much knowledge of your area as you have, why would anyone buy real estate from anybody else but you? 

Great pictures!  Thank you for sharing!  I look forward to the summer shots1

 

 

Apr 28, 2008 04:33 PM #4
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Julie Kippen
Vernal, UT
Thanks. I got to research the history of Idaho Falls, a few years ago,  for a Social Work class presentation and loved it.
Apr 28, 2008 06:20 PM #5
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Thesa Chambers
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how beautiful - glad to see I am not the only one still dealing with snow and ice - I just want to scream when I hear about global warming - I know it is real.... but don't tell me about it when I am freezing my tush off

Apr 29, 2008 03:31 PM #6
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Julie Kippen
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This winter has definately been longer than usual. I am looking forward to warm temperatures soon. Heard it was around 72 degrees in Idaho Falls Monday.
Apr 29, 2008 05:12 PM #7
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Julie Kippen
Vernal, UT
There was a freeze warning last night and it looks like it will freeze tonight. Forecast is for sun and high 50's hurray!
May 02, 2008 05:20 AM #8
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Carol Judd
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Good Luck with warming up.  Seems like waiting only one half hour changes the weather.  What a crazy spring.
May 03, 2008 05:06 PM #9
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Julie Kippen
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It warmed up the last few days and the flowers in the garden started blooming.
May 03, 2008 06:53 PM #10
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Julie Kippen
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Carol The falls are looking great now. I little high fromthe spring runoff.

Jun 21, 2008 01:35 PM #11
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