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

Upper Snake River Valley Irrigation

 
 
Upper Snake River Valley Irrigation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 20, 2013
1. Upper Snake River Valley Irrigation Marker
Inscription. The fertile soil and abundance of water in this valley lured pioneer settlers. With small slip scrapers, hand plows, picks and shovels, they cleared sagebrush, built log homes, made canals, ditches and dams to put water on the land. One of the first canals was built in 1879-1880. Rock and brush dams were built to divert water into headgates. Men lost their lives in this work. Later canals were enlarged and better dams built. The largest dam, known as the "Great Feeder", completed June 22, 1895, diverts water from South Fork into a network of canals. Through consolidation of canal systems, 700,000 acres of irrigated land with 100 canals, known as the Upper Portion of District No.36, are using 4,150,000 acre feet of water from the river and its tributaries each irrigation season. Here the dream of reclaimed desert has been brought to full fruition. This is the legacy left by those pioneers to present and future generations.
 
Erected 1956 by Bingham, Bonneville, Jefferson, Madison and Freemont Counties, Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. (Marker Number 228.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of Utah Pioneers marker series.
 
Location. 43° 29.822′ N, 112° 2.485′ 
Upper Snake River Valley Irrigation Marker (<i>wide view of front side</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 20, 2013
2. Upper Snake River Valley Irrigation Marker (wide view of front side)
W. Marker is in Idaho Falls, Idaho, in Bonneville County. Marker is at the intersection of Memorial Drive and Riverside Drive, on the left when traveling north on Memorial Drive. Touch for map. Marker is located just west of the traffic roundabout, in the park overlooking the Snake River, along the Idaho Falls Greenbelt Trail. Marker is in this post office area: Idaho Falls ID 83403, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Eagle Rock Meeting House (a few steps from this marker); The Idaho Falls LDS Hospital and School of Nursing (within shouting distance of this marker); Snake River Bridge (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Eagle Rock Ferry (approx. 0.4 miles away); Taylor's Bridge (approx. 0.4 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Metal tablet mounted on large granite marker with extensive artwork
 
Categories. AgricultureMan-Made FeaturesSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels
 
Upper Snake River Valley Irrigation Marker (<i>wide view of back side</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 20, 2013
3. Upper Snake River Valley Irrigation Marker (wide view of back side)
Upper Snake River Valley Irrigation Marker (<i>farmer tableau</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 20, 2013
4. Upper Snake River Valley Irrigation Marker (farmer tableau)
Upper Snake River Valley Irrigation Marker (<i>farm & river tableau</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 20, 2013
5. Upper Snake River Valley Irrigation Marker (farm & river tableau)
Upper Snake River Valley Irrigation Marker (<i>horse & plow tableau</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 20, 2013
6. Upper Snake River Valley Irrigation Marker (horse & plow tableau)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 9, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 7, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 23 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 9, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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