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Location of Twin Falls in Twin Falls County, Idaho.
Location of Twin Falls in Twin Falls County, Idaho.
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CountryUnited States
CountyTwin Falls
IncorporatedApril 12, 1905
 • Typecouncil-manager
 • MayorShawn Barigar[1]
 • City ManagerTravis Rothweiler[2]
 • City19.21 sq mi (49.75 km2)
 • Land19.10 sq mi (49.47 km2)
 • Water0.11 sq mi (0.28 km2)
3,745 ft (1,141 m)
 • City44,125
 • Estimate 
 • Density2,526.70/sq mi (975.58/km2)
 • Metro
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Time zoneUTC-7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP Code
83301 (street addresses)
83303 (PO Boxes)
Area code(s)Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Text' not found.
FIPS code16-82810
GNIS feature ID0398273
U.S. Route(s)link = U.S. Route 30 in Idaho link = U.S. Route 93 in Idaho

Twin Falls is a city in Idaho in the United States. It is the county seat of Twin Falls County, Idaho. The 2010 population was 44,125. The estimated population for July 1, 2014 is 46,528.


In 1900, I. B. Perrine founded the Twin Falls Land and Water Company to build an irrigation canal in the area now known as Twin Falls.[4] One of the investors was named Stanley Milner. By 1903, Perrine and his investors had government approval to build a dam on the Snake River. The dam was finished in 1905. It is now called Milner Dam. It allows farmers in the area to irrigate their crops.

In 1904, some property in the area was sold off to start a few towns. One of those towns was Twin Falls.[4] The others include Buhl, Filer, Hansen, Kimberly, and Murtaugh. Many of those towns were named for the original investors in the Twin Falls land and Water Company.

Twin Falls was incorporated on April 12, 1905[5] as a village.

On February 21, 1907, Twin Falls became the county seat of the new Twin Falls County.[6] Prior to that, the city was part of Cassia County.

Evel Knievel's rocket cycle.
On September 8, 1974, Evel Knievel attempted to jump the Snake River Canyon on a rocket cycle at a site close to Twin Falls. The attempt failed.[7] Located on private property at

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42°35′49″N 114°25′23″W / 42.597°N 114.423°W / 42.597; -114.423, the ramp's base remains in place as of January, 2016. Evel Knievel was paid six million dollars (US) for trying to jump the canyon. The payment was promised no matter the outcome of the attempt.


Twin Falls has a council-manager form of government. The city council hires a manager to supervise city employees on a day-to-day basis, and the position of "mayor" is appointed by the city council from among their own members.


  1. Brown, Nathan. "Barigar Picked as New Twin Falls Mayor", Times-News, January 5, 2016. (Retrieved January 5, 2016)
  2. Twin Falls, ID - Official Website - City Manager Archived 2015-03-27 at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved January 17, 2012)
  3. "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 26, 2017. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Smith, Paul. "The History of Twin Falls". Twin Falls (Idaho) official website. Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  5. "Welcome to Twin Falls County, Idaho". Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  6. "Twin Falls". Official website of the State of Idaho. State of Idaho. Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  7. Miller, Hack (September 9, 1974). "Evel Puzzle: What Popped Chute?". Deseret News. Retrieved 23 January 2016. 

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