Exploring Idaho Falls – All In A Day’s Play
It’s all in a day’s play in Idaho Falls. This is Idaho’s largest city outside the Boise metropolitan area. It serves as a hub to all of eastern Idaho and much of western Wyoming.
The origin of its history is linked to the Montana Trail. The area around Idaho Falls was first sparsely settled by ranchers. Significant development began in 1864 when Harry Rickets established a ferry to cross the Snake River nine miles north of the present city. The ferry played a key role in transporting waves of settlers who followed the Montana Trail westward.
The construction of the Utah and Northern Railway (U&NR) stretched from Utah through Eagle Rock at Snake River. The railway was key in connecting a large number of copper mines and settlers. As large scale settlement ensued, within the decade, roads, bridges, and dams unified much of the Upper Snake River area.
Eastern Idaho is a unique area where the arts are as awe inspiring as nature. The community is home to several arts establishments including The Museum of Idaho, Willard Arts Center, and The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho. At any given time, you can find inspiration and education readily available. In fact, the city’s library has honored Wilson Rawls, author of Where the Red Fern Grows, by installing on its grounds a life size bronze sculpture of Billy and his two dogs by local artist Marilyn Hansen.
Idaho Falls is in the heart of some of the world’s premier recreation spots. Yellowstone National Park is less than two hours north and the quintessential western town of Jackson, Wyoming and Grand Teton National Park are less than two hours away. World renowned fly fishing can be found off of the Snake River and Hwy 20 on the way to Yellowstone.