Idaho Falls in Bonneville County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
Fred Keefer was one of seven children born to William and Eldora Keefer. William Walker Keefer came to Eagle Rock from Pennsylvania in 1879, at the age of 27. In 1886, he married Eldora Virginia Shoemaker, a teacher from Pennsylvania. After arriving in Eagle Rock, William worked as a railroad bridge construction superintendent. He was later responsible for building railroad shops, the city’s first steel bridge, and the dam across the turbulent Snake River below the Broadway Bridge.
Fred Keefer filed a mining claim on the island in 1939 and built a 14’ x 22’ one-room cabin. The Douglas fir logs for the cabin were cut on the South Fork of the Snake River and were floated downstream to the island two or three at a time, towed by a rowboat. The cabin had a shingled roof, brick and stone chimney, cement chinking, and walls that were varnished inside and out.
A Quit Claim Deed between the City of Idaho Falls and Fred W. Keefer was made on December 7, 1962, deeding the city his home and other improvements for a consideration of one dollar,
The Keefer family has been a potent force in the growth and development of our community, forming a connecting link between the primitive past and the progressive present.
Location. 43° 30.091′ N, 112° 2.763′ W. Marker is in Idaho Falls, Idaho, in Bonneville County. Marker is on Idaho Falls Greenbelt Trail half a mile north of West Broadway Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located on the Idaho Falls Greenbelt Trail, between River Parkway and the Snake River. Marker is in this post office area: Idaho Falls ID 83402, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Idaho Falls Idaho Temple (approx. 0.2 miles away); Native American Encampments (approx. ¼ mile away); Snake River Bridge (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Idaho Falls LDS Hospital and School of Nursing (approx. 0.3 miles away); Prisoners of War in Idaho Falls (approx. 0.4 miles away); Eagle Rock Meeting House Upper Snake River Valley Irrigation (approx. 0.4 miles away); Eagle Rock Ferry (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Idaho Falls.
Also see . . .
1. Voices from the Past Eagle Rock By Fred W. Keefer June 20, 1970.
Transcript of oral history given by Fred W. Keefer on June 20th, 1970 (Submitted on November 23, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Acting Bonneville County Sheriff Fred Keefer circa 1956.
Fred Keefer served as acting Sheriff after Sheriff Wilkie resigned. He served in that capacity until the next elected Sheriff was sworn in. (Includes a picture of Fred Keefer.) (Submitted on November 23, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Keefer's Island and Cabin.
Keefer's Island is a 1.7 square-mile stretch of land in the Snake River just a short distance north of the falls. The small cabin on the island was actually inhabited by Fred Keefer from 1938-1959. The island was deeded to the city in the early 1900s. During the Spring of the year, ducks and geese comfortably nest along the banks of Keefer Island until their young can paddle to the west bank near the walkway. People travel long distances each 4th of July to view spectacular fireworks displays launched from the island. (Submitted on November 23, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 26, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 23, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 56 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 23, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.