Idaho cities

The origin stories of the names of some towns in Idaho

So you might already know that Twin Falls was named after two smaller waterfalls that are actually no longer two outside of town. After the power plant takes over one of the waterfalls, it is actually just one fall. But did you know some of the origin stories behind these other Idaho city names?

According to the Museum of Idaho, there is a lot of history behind the names of some towns and villages in Idaho. Here are some of my favorites.

Wooded was named after the Boise River. Apparently, the Boise River was named after some French-Canadian explorers who traveled the desert and were delighted to see the trees along the river. “Woods”

Declo was apparently supposed to be called Marshfield, but due to some issues with the post office they were unable to get it approved. Thus, the settlers joined two prominent family names Dethles and Cloughly. Interesting

Eden was, as some might have guessed, named after the Biblical Garden of Eden. Apparently, the valley surrounding the city reminded the settlers of a heavenly place.

Depositor was named after the general manager of the Twin Falls Canal Company, Walter Filer. According to the Museum of Idaho, there was also a nearby town named Eldridge but it got absorbed by my Filer.

Idaho Falls apparently had a lot of different names, including Flathead Crossing, Taylor’s Bridge or Taylor’s Crossing and Eagle Rock. Real estate developers eventually called the city Idaho Falls in hopes of attracting settlers and tourists. The falls became more prominent after the river was blocked in 1911.

Laughing apparently also had several names before. Her name was Birch Creek, Prospect, Rudy and Lorenzo before Ririe. It was named after David Ririe who convinced the farmers to donate portions of their land to the railways so that they could transport the crops.

Many towns have been named after LDS church members and settlers, including Rigby, Preston, Milo, and Salem.

You can read more about the origins of the city of Idaho here.

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