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

A Town on the Move...

 
 
A Town on the Move... Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 14, 2018
1. A Town on the Move... Marker
Inscription. This "Sliver Horseshoe Bar" sign marks the prior site of an American Falls Historical Building dating from its original 1912 dedication at the old townsite now covered by the reservoir created by the Snake River dam completed in 1925. Although the building is remembered by most as a saloon (1929-2012), some feel it should be remembered for more than that; at the location of this sign it served earlier as a bakery and temporary hospital with upstairs living quarters for nurses (1925-1929). At it new location in the Reclamation Addition the building was joined to the Teen Club Fountain Cafe and the Iris Theater (shown in the photo).
The bright lighted sign now focuses you attention on the early history of the City of American Falls with its role in settling the area as a livestock center, a "boom town" when the dam was being constructed, and subsequently for its impact on regional irrigated agriculture leading to Idaho's "potato state" reputation.
The Silver Horseshoe Bar reverted to City ownership in a settlement after the last owner ran afoul with the law. The deterioration of the building led to its destruction, but through the partnership of many local groups, businesses, and granting organizations the sign was saved, restored, and replaced where it once hung on the front of that historical building.
The "town that
The Silver Horseshoe sign and A Town on the Move... Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 14, 2018
2. The Silver Horseshoe sign and A Town on the Move... Marker
moved" is part of that history and many of those homes and buildings that escaped a watery grave are still serving the city's residents.
 
Erected by Greg Basket.
 
Location. 42° 47.034′ N, 112° 51.306′ W. Marker is in American Falls, Idaho, in Power County. Marker is on Fort Hall Avenue (Business Interstate 86) near Roosevelt Street, on the right. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 575 Fort Hall Avenue, American Falls ID 83211, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. American Falls (approx. ¼ mile away); Power County War Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Oregon Trail (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Oregon Trail (approx. one mile away); American Falls Power Plants (approx. 1.4 miles away); a different marker also named Oregon Trail (approx. 8.2 miles away); Snake River Rest Area Oregon Trail Kiosk (approx. 8.2 miles away); Massacre Rock - A Clashing of Cultures (approx. 10.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in American Falls.
 
Also see . . .  Silver Horseshoe Bar sign returns to rightful place - Idaho State Journal. Workman said the building has been a fixture on Main Street for decades. During its
Silver Horseshoe Bar before demolition image. Click for full size.
By Google Maps, October 1, 2018
3. Silver Horseshoe Bar before demolition
long history, it’s been a pool hall, a café and a bakery. And the building has the distinction of being the scene of the last Wild West shootout in the state.
(Submitted on October 1, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 1, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 1, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 37 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 1, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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