Twin Falls, Idaho

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Twin Falls is the county seat and largest city of Twin Falls County, Idaho, United States.[1] The population was 34,469 at the 2000 census; a 2006 estimate found 40,380 people.[2]

Twin Falls is the largest city of Idaho's Magic Valley region. As the largest city in a 100-mile (166-kilometer) radius, Twin Falls serves as a regional commercial center for both south-central Idaho and northeastern Nevada.[3]

Twin Falls is the principal city of the Twin Falls, ID Micropolitan Statistical Area - the state's largest - which officially includes Jerome and Twin Falls Counties.[4] The resort community of Jackpot, Nevada, in Elko County is unofficially considered part of the greater Twin Falls area.[5]



Excavations at Wilson Butte Cave near Twin Falls in 1959 revealed evidence of human activity, including arrowheads , that rank among the oldest dated artifacts in North America.[6] Later native American tribes predominant the area included the Northern Shoshone and Bannock.[7]

The first people of European ancestry to visit the Twin Falls area are believed to be members of a group led by Wilson Price Hunt, which attempted to blaze an all-water trail westward from St. Louis, Missouri, to Astoria, Oregon, in 1811 and 1812. Hunt's expedition met with disaster when much of his expedition was destroyed and one man was killed in rapids on the Snake River known as Caldron Linn near present-day Murtaugh. Hunt and the surviving members of his expedition completed the journey to Astoria by land.[8]

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