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Mountain Home in Elmore County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Mountain Home Irrigation District

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, June 26, 2017
1. Mountain Home Irrigation District Marker
Inscription. The Town site of Mountain Home was chosen by the Union Pacific Railroad as a stop because of a readily available supply of water. The railroad utilized steam operated pumps in trench wells to fill storage tanks with this water in order to supply the needs of their thirsty steam locomotives. Today only area residents enjoy this refreshing water.
Efforts by early residents to build canals from nearby Canyon Creek to irrigate area lands proved ineffective. To deal with the problem the Mountain Reservoir and Canal Co. was formed in 1888. In 1891 an earthen dam constructed on Rattlesnake Creek became their first storage facility and was aptly named the Mountain Home Reservoir. As the need for more water grew, further expansion led to the construction of Long Tom Reservoir in 1906 and Little Camas Reservoir in 1908. Increases in the height of the reservoirs between 1902-1915 allow the District to currently supply 32,740 acre-feet of water to 4,400 acres of farmland around Mountain Home. In 1926 the company was renamed the Mountain Home Irrigation District.
 
Erected by Pioneer Federal Credit Union; Mountain Home Historical Museum; The DIF-IT Committee and E Clampus Vitus, Chief Truckee Chapter #3691 Lewis and Clark Outpost #1805. (Marker Number 2005.)
 
Marker series.
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By Barry Swackhamer, June 26, 2017
2. Mountain Home Irrigation District Marker
This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 43° 8.234′ N, 115° 39.808′ W. Marker is in Mountain Home, Idaho, in Elmore County. Marker can be reached from American Legion Boulevard (State Highway 51) near East 8th Street North, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. This marker is located next to the Desert Mountain Visitors Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2900 American Legion Boulevard, Mountain Home ID 83647, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Main Oregon Trail Back Country Byway (approx. 0.8 miles away); Mountain Home Arrives in a 50-pound Soapbox (approx. 1.7 miles away); Rattlesnake Station (approx. 6.9 miles away); Toll Gate (approx. 8.9 miles away).
 
Categories. AgricultureWaterways & Vessels
 
Mountain Home Irrigation District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 26, 2017
3. Mountain Home Irrigation District Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 16, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 16, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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