In 1864, a stage line driver named Matt Taylor and two associates decided Black Rock Canyon was the place for a toll bridge to handle traffic between Salt Lake City and the gold-fields in Montana. The following year, their bridge opened and a town called Eagle Rock took shape. With the coming of the railroad, trains brought everyone from saloon keeper Dick Chamberlain to temperance crusader Rebecca Mitchell. To attract more farmers after the departure of the railroad, Eagle Rock became Idaho Falls in 1891. Joseph Clark, the first mayor, and newspaper publisher William Wheeler were just two of the people who helped pave the streets and turn on the lights. After assiduous wooing by boosters such as Bill Holden, D.V. Groberg, and E.F. McDermott, the Atomic Energy Commission in 1949 chose Idaho Falls for the headquarters of its National Reactor Testing Station. Today, Idaho Falls is a vital trading and service center with two hospitals, a minor-league baseball team, symphony orchestra, and world-class museum. It is also the hometown of some remarkable people who have gone out in the world to make names for themselves.
Author Paul Menser, as with many residents, liked what he saw and stayed. A reporter and editor at the Idaho Falls Post Register for 26 years, Menser wrote weekly history and business columns for 12 years. He currently works as a freelance writer, blogger, and teacher. Legendary Locals of Idaho Falls
features photographs generously provided by the community.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.25" Width: 6.5" Height: 0.5"
Weight: 1 lbs.
Publisher Arcadia Publishing
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