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Twin Falls, Idaho

Posted by graywacke on June 18, 2013

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (and now moving to an every-other-day blog), I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48).  I call this “landing.”  I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near.  I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location.  To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean in the first paragraph), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.

 Landing number 2025; A Landing A Day blog post number 443.

Dan –  I landed in what I always feel is my long-running USer . . . ID; 47/55; 6/10; 9; 151.0.  Here’s my regional landing map:

 landing 1

My closer-in landing map shows that I landed near Jerome, but have selected its larger neighbor, Twin Falls as my titular city (sorry about that, Jerome; no offense intended, and hopefully none taken):

 landing 2

I’ve landed in this general vicinity before, and am aware of how engineered the drainage systems are here.  I landed in the “watershed” of PD-4 Ditch; on to the North Side Main Canal (2nd hit); on to the Snake R (72nd hit, where it’s my 8th most common river); to the Columbia (142nd hit, my 4th most common river).

 My Google Earth (GE) shot shows a very-much agricultural setting:

 ge 1

Here’s a zoomed-in landing map that shows that I pretty much landed right on 100 North Road. 

landing 3

No chance that Google StreetView would have that little road covered, right?  Wrong:

 ge sv 1

Check out how well my StreetAtlas location agrees with my GE location (just a hair off the side of the road):

 landing 4

So, Twin Falls is named after . . . (guess what?) . . . the Twin Falls of the Snake River.  This is a little confusing, because there are three waterfalls near the city of Twin Falls.  Starting at the City and heading east (upstream), we first hit Pillar Falls.  Here’s an oblique GE shot:

ge 4 pillar falls 

Moving further upstream is the most-famous Shoshone Falls:

 ge 3 shoshone falls

Moving further upstream is the what appears to be poorly-named Twin Falls.  I mean, really, it’s only one waterfall, it’s furthest away from the town of Twin Falls and like I said before, it’s one of three local waterfalls on the Snake River.  Well, here ‘tis:

 ge 5

It turns out that it all makes sense when one realizes that Twin Falls used to be a “Twin Falls,” with two majestic waterfalls side by side.  But good old mankind, up to its usual tricks, figured they could built a dam, shut one of the falls off, and get some hydroelectric power.  You can see what happened when you check out the above picture (see where the falls to the right used to be?)  This all happened back in the 1930s.  So anyway, the town is named after these erstwhile Twin Falls . . .

I guessed that I landed in potato country, this being southern Idaho and all, and son of a gun, I’m right.  Here’s a shot of the website homepage of Cummins Family Product (the first site that came up when I Googled “Twin Falls Potatoes.”

cummins

Click HERE to learn more about their operation.

 I also stumbled on this photo and short article, from KEZJ.com (the website for a Twin Falls radio station):

potato_truck-630x420

We’ve just received news of a giant, monster potato heading toward Twin Falls. The potato is reportedly headed down Poleline Road, and looks to be targeting Wal-Mart! EVERYBODY PANIC!

Or get some sour cream and butter.

This is awesome!  The Idaho Potato Commission is celebrating the 75th year of promoting the Idaho Potato, and this year it’s gone big. They’ve created a gigantic Idaho Potato and are sending it on a cross country tour.

The 12,000 pound potato arrives in Twin Falls Wal-Mart today, April 3rd, for a visit between 9 am and 11 am.  So make sure you’re there for a once in a lifetime photo opportunity.

I’m going to close with a series of scenic photos.  I’ll start with a couple of Snake River shots lifted from the City website:

bridge over the snake

mesa

Here comes some Panoramio waterfall shots – beginning with Twin Falls, and working my way downstream.

 Here’s the Twin Falls shot, by Chris Sanfino:

 pano twin falls chris sanfino

Here’s Shoshone Falls,  by Tom Askew:

 pano tom askew shoshone falls

And finally, Pillar Falls, by Mr Hunchback:

 pano mrhunchback pillar falls

I’ll close with this Panoramio shot taken less than a mile north of my landing, by Nick Selma:

 nick selma pano just n of landing

That’ll do it.

 KS

 Greg

© 2013 A Landing A Day

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4 Responses to “Twin Falls, Idaho”

  1. Nash Cheryl said

    Nicely done Gregoire. That country is interesting , because its where, the flat tame farmland begins to twist and turn and look more like the wild, rocky mountainous West. The Snake River in itself is fascinating to learn about, from water rights and irrigation, to fabulous whitewater and wildlife. I am curious about how that River cut such a dramatic path.
    My only experience on the Snake River was a float trip near Teton Nat’l Park, but it was awesome.
    SS
    Cher

    • graywacke said

      As usual, you know more about my subjects than I do!

      As for the dramatic path, I’m sure there’s quite the story. . .

      Gregoire

  2. Linda Burks said

    Twas searching for Stafford, TX and found you and your adventures. Cool. I went to Twin Falls to watch Evil Knievil jump Snake River Canyon on July 4, 1974. The only bridge crossing the canyon had been damaged by an accident and the jump was postponed. I and my fiance’ were able to visit the dam from inside the spillway. I no longer have that photo but it was such a thing to behold. Concrete arches with cascading water and fish falling. I could have caught them in a net. This unplanned excursion was the highlight of our visit to the Twin Falls area. The camping was relaxing except when I burned the bacon and began tossing it all over the campsite. I married a different man and left my photos behind as well. But like my 18 year old son says “Cool story bro”.

    • graywacke said

      Linda – Thanks for the comments! You know, I was thinking about featuring Evil’s jump, but decided not too. Also, it sounds like the scene inside the dam is very cool. Too bad about your photos. Oh, well, life goes on . . .

      Greg

      P.S. I get the burned bacon part. But flinging it all over the campsite???

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