Minidoka County, Idaho

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Minidoka County is a county located in the U.S. state of Idaho. The county seat and largest city is Rupert. As of the 2000 Census the county had a population of 20,174 (2008 estimate: 18,645).[1]

Minidoka County was created by the Idaho Legislature on January 28, 1913, by a partition of Lincoln County.[2] The name Minidoka is of Dakota Sioux origin meaning "a fountain or spring of water."[3] Minidoka was first used in 1883 as a name for the Union Pacific's Oregon Short Line, a railroad spur in the middle of the Snake River Plain. The spur later became the site of a watering station along the line. The village of Minidoka grew up next to the station. Minidoka was then given to a reclamation project under then President Theodore Roosevelt. The Minidoka Dam and Minidoka National Historic Site (in Jerome County) share the name.

Minidoka County is part of the Burley Micropolitan Statistical Area.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 763 square miles (1,976 km²), of which 760 square miles (1,967 km²) is land and 3 square miles (9 km²) (0.44%) is water.

It is part of the Magic Valley region of the Snake River Plain. Irrigated farmland covers the southern part of the county, while lava beds cover the northern portion. The elevation is generally in the range of 4,200 feet (1,300 m) to 4,500 feet (1,400 m). The Snake River forms the county's southern boundary.

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