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About American Falls

American Falls is named after the natural waterfall on the Snake River, next to which the town was established in the late 1800s. The Oregon Trail passed between the town and the river. Previous to the establishment of the town, the site had been a campsite for parties such as the Wilson Price Hunt Expedition of 1811, and John C Frémont in 1843.

The first power plant at the falls was built in 1901. In 1927, the first dam was built, which required the relocation of the whole town, including the buildings, a short distance to the southwest. The original townsite is now under water. An old concrete grain silo still sticks out of the water, marking the original site.

The current townsite sits between the reservoir and the northern tip of the Deep Creek Mountains. Interstate 86 passes along the south edge of town, and Idaho Highway 39 loops around the northeast corner, crosses the dam and heads north to Aberdeen. Idaho Highway 37 heads south from the center of town to Rockland. American Falls is the county seat of Power County, and the only town above a few hundred people. The population was 4,111 at the 2000 census. The elevation is 4,400 feet.

For More Information:
See the official website of American Falls at cityofamericanfalls.com, the Chamber of Commerce site and Wikipedia’s American Falls article.

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Adams Street
American Falls Reservoir
Bannock Avenue
Bennett Avenue
Calder Avenue
Elevator Street
Fairgrounds Road
Fairway Avenue
Falls Avenue
Fort Hall Avenue
Frontage Road
Garfield Street
Gifford Avenue
Grace Avenue
Grant Street
Harrison Street
Hayes Street
Hillcrest Avenue
Howard Street
Idaho Street
Idanha Avenue
Interstate 86
Jackson Street
Jefferson Street
Johnson Street
Lakeview Road
Lee Street
Lincoln Street
Madison Street
McKinley Street
Monroe Street
Oregon Trail Avenue
Pocatello Avenue
Polk Street
Roosevelt Street
Sage Street
State Highway 39
Stevens Street
Taylor Street
Teton Street
Tyhee Avenue
Tyler Street
Van Buren Street
Washington Street
West Park Street

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