Buhl, Idaho

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Buhl is a city located on the old Oregon Trail in the western half of Twin Falls County, Idaho, United States. The population was 4,037 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Twin Falls, Idaho Micropolitan Statistical Area.

U.S. Route 30 goes right through Buhl along the scenic Thousand Springs Scenic Byway from Twin Falls to Bliss. Known as the "Trout Capital of the World," Buhl boasts numerous hatcheries in the immediate surrounding area, which produce most of the rainbow trout consumed in the United States. Clear Springs Foods, located just north of Buhl, processes over 20 million pounds of rainbow trout each year, making it the world's largest producer.[citation needed]



Buhl was founded on April 17, 1906. It was named for Frank H. Buhl of Sharon, Pennsylvania, a major investor in a Carey Act project known as the Twin Falls South Side project, which introduced large-scale irrigation to the Magic Valley in the early 20th Century.


Buhl is located at 42°36′0″N 114°45′43″W / 42.6°N 114.76194°W / 42.6; -114.76194 (42.600102, -114.761867).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.7 square miles (4.4 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 3,985 people, 1,561 households, and 1,045 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,367.1 people per square mile (915.8/km²). There were 1,689 housing units at an average density of 1,003.3/sq mi (388.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 86.80% White, 0.03% African American, 0.75% Native American, 0.73% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 9.16% from other races, and 2.51% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.76% of the population.

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