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Historical Markers in Bonneville County, Idaho

 
Clickable Map of Bonneville County, Idaho and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Bonneville County, ID (18) Bingham County, ID (21) Caribou County, ID (60) Jefferson County, ID (8) Madison County, ID (22) Teton County, ID (8) Lincoln County, WY (30) Teton County, WY (83)  BonnevilleCounty(18) Bonneville County (18)  BinghamCounty(21) Bingham County (21)  CaribouCounty(60) Caribou County (60)  JeffersonCounty(8) Jefferson County (8)  MadisonCounty(22) Madison County (22)  TetonCounty(8) Teton County (8)  LincolnCountyWyoming(30) Lincoln County (30)  TetonCounty(83) Teton County (83)
Idaho Falls is the county seat for Bonneville County
Adjacent to Bonneville County, Idaho
      Bingham County (21)  
      Caribou County (60)  
      Jefferson County (8)  
      Madison County (22)  
      Teton County (8)  
      Lincoln County, Wyoming (30)  
      Teton County, Wyoming (83)  
 
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1Idaho (Bonneville County), Ammon — 167 — Ammon
This village, first called South Iona, was settled by Latter-day Saints. A branch of the Church was organized Nov. 26, 1889 with Arthur M. Rawson as presiding elder. He later became bishop. On Feb. 12, 1893, the ward name was changed to Ammon, . . . Map (db m140511) HM
2Idaho (Bonneville County), Gerrand — 527 — Taylor Settlement
Six men came to this area from Hooper, Utah, to homestead in the early spring of 1885: John, Edward and William Priest, Smith Johnson, and Edwin and Abiah Wadsworth Jr. They each built a log house on their claim before returning to Utah for their . . . Map (db m140509) HM
3Idaho (Bonneville County), Idaho Falls — 15 — Eagle Rock Crossing
Honoring builders of bridges and trails and pioneers who passed this way in the development of the West. The first wagon bridge over Snake River was erected here by James M. Taylor in 1865 replacing the ferry established on the . . . Map (db m152316) HM
4Idaho (Bonneville County), Idaho Falls — 224 — Eagle Rock Ferry
On June 20, 1863, Bill Hickman started a ferry 9 miles up Snake River for thousands of gold hunters headed for mines that now are in Montana. Named for an eagle that had a nest on a rock there, his ferry flourished until James Madison . . . Map (db m70584) HM
5Idaho (Bonneville County), Idaho Falls — 34 — Eagle Rock Meeting House
Marking the site of the first Latter-Day Saints meeting house, built in 1885. This was the first building erected in this community for religious purposes. The building was 16 X 28 feet costing $450.00, money for which was obtained by donation. . . . Map (db m109814) HM
6Idaho (Bonneville County), Idaho Falls — 365 — Elephant Hunters
Early day big game hunters who occupied lava caves around here more than 12,000 years ago, had a diet that included elephants, camels and giant bison. When a gradual change to a warmer, drier climate made local grasslands into more . . . Map (db m174239) HM
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7Idaho (Bonneville County), Idaho Falls — Idaho Falls Idaho Temple
The Idaho Falls Temple, visible across the Snake River, was the first temple constructed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Idaho. Construction began in 1939 and was completed in 1945. The temple’s soaring tower draws the eye . . . Map (db m110540) HM
8Idaho (Bonneville County), Idaho Falls — 151 — Joseph Allen Taylor (1871-1945) & Chet Taylor (1893-1964)Innovative Farmers
A special tribute to Joseph Allen Taylor and his son Chet, who were the first to develop the potato cellar in 1909. At this time the Russet Burbank had been introduced to the Taylors. They planted the first 20 ares just to the west. The . . . Map (db m140510) HM
9Idaho (Bonneville County), Idaho Falls — Keefer's Island
Keefer’s Island occupies 1.85 acres and is located approximately ¼ mile south (downstream) from a cut in the Snake River known as John’s Hole. Keefer’s Island was named for Fred. W. Keefer, a member of a prominent family in the early days of Eagle . . . Map (db m110484) HM
10Idaho (Bonneville County), Idaho Falls — Native American Encampments
The earliest known human occupation of the Idaho Falls area reaches back about 1,200 years, according to archaeological evidence. The bones of mammoths, ground sloths, camels, and other extinct mammals, discovered in association with Native . . . Map (db m110497) HM
11Idaho (Bonneville County), Idaho Falls — Prisoners of War in Idaho Falls
After German Field Marshall Erwin Rommel’s North African Army surrendered on May 13, 1943, the allies had approximately 275,000 prisoners-of-war in their possession. During 1945, 15,000 of the prisoners lived and worked in Idaho. Rupert, Idaho . . . Map (db m110477) HM
12Idaho (Bonneville County), Idaho Falls — 183 — Snake River Bridge
On December 10, 1864 a franchise was granted to Edward M. Morgan, James M. (Matt) Taylor, and William F. Bartlett to operate a ferry one and one-half miles below Cedar Island and build a bridge over Snake River at Black Canyon. Mr. Taylor selected . . . Map (db m70571) HM
13Idaho (Bonneville County), Idaho Falls — 223 — Taylor's Bridge
Idaho’s earliest toll bridge spanned Snake River at this rocky site in 1865, replacing Eagle Rock Ferry, 9 miles upstream. James Madison Taylor (a relative of Presidents Madison and Taylor and a founder of Denver, Colorado) settled here in . . . Map (db m70583) HM
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14Idaho (Bonneville County), Idaho Falls — 30 — The Idaho Falls LDS Hospital and School of Nursing
The idea of the hospital was conceived by Heber C. Austin with construction commencing in 1919, though the completion of the building was delayed because of a depressed economy. On 22 October 1923, the hospital was dedicated by President Heber J. . . . Map (db m109826) HM
15Idaho (Bonneville County), Idaho Falls — 228 — Upper Snake River Valley Irrigation
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 . . . Map (db m109710) HM
16Idaho (Bonneville County), Iona — 85 — Iona
which means "The Beautiful" was named by apostle W. Taylor in honor of a town in Palestine. It was originally known as Sand Creek and embraces a tract of country lying east of Eagle Rock (now Idaho Falls). The first settlement was made in 1883 by . . . Map (db m140538) HM
17Idaho (Bonneville County), Shelton — 87 — The Willow Creek Settlement
The Willow Creek pioneers established farms in this area in 1874, a school and irrigation canal in 1879, and early branch of the Latter-day Saints church in 1885 This portion of the East Willow Creek country became Shelton Ward on Aug. 14, 1892. . . . Map (db m140539) HM
18Idaho (Bonneville County), Ucon — 182 — Coltman Ward
In 1888 the first settlers of the Coltman Ward cleared the sage brush, dug canals and ditches, and built humble homes. At first it was a part of what was called Poverty Flat, later named Grant Ward. In 1896 Grant was divided and this, the south . . . Map (db m140544) HM
 
 
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Dec. 8, 2022