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Kimberly in Twin Falls County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Snake River Canyon Gold Rush

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, May 15, 2018
1. Snake River Canyon Gold Rush Marker
Inscription.  Gold was discovered in 1869 below Shoshone Falls. During the summer of 1870, hundreds of prospectors entered the canyon searching the rocky slopes and sand bars for the very fine particles of gold called "flour gold". Three mining camps - Shoshone, Springtown and Drytown, were established on the south river bank between the present-day Murtaugh Bridge and the Shoshone Falls providing miners with supplies, dry goods, and mining equipment. In 1871, when the gold yields began to diminish, the miners sold their claims to the Chinese who worked the mines until abandoning them in the early 1880s. The mining camps, though temporary, paved the way for the development of the modern agricultural communities.
 
Erected by Twin Falls County Historic Preservation Commission.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Asian AmericansNatural Resources.
 
Location. 42° 35.316′ N, 114° 21.426′ W. Marker is in Kimberly, Idaho, in Twin Falls County. Marker is on Twin Falls Grade near 4050 North Road, on
Snake River Canyon Gold Rush Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 15, 2018
2. Snake River Canyon Gold Rush Marker
the left when traveling north. This marker is located in Twin Falls Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3593 Twin Falls Grade, Kimberly ID 83341, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Before there were potatoes, there was GOLD (within shouting distance of this marker); History Through the Eyes of a Camera (within shouting distance of this marker); Shoshone Falls (approx. 2.3 miles away); a different marker also named Shoshone Falls (approx. 2.3 miles away); Clarence Bisbee (approx. 2.3 miles away); a different marker also named Shoshone Falls (approx. 2.3 miles away); Shoshone Falls Project (approx. 2.4 miles away); The Desert Bloomed (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kimberly.
 
Snake River Canyon Gold Rush Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 15, 2018
3. Snake River Canyon Gold Rush Marker
Twin Falls Power Plant in the background
Shoshone Falls image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 15, 2018
4. Shoshone Falls
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 26, 2018. It was originally submitted on October 26, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 70 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 26, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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