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Minidoka County, Idaho

 

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County Facts

Minidoka County was created January 28, 1913
from the parent county of Lincoln. 

According to the County Government site, Minidoka was named after Minidoka Village,

the first permanent settlement of the area; a railroad siding built in 1884 by the UPRR.

Included land area is 762 square miles.

In the 1880's it was part of Cassia County.

The county seat is Rupert.

It consists of the small farming communities of Acequia, formerly Scherrer 1906,  Heyburn, formerly Riverton 1903, Minidoka 1st permanent settlement established as a UPRR siding in 1884, although there was no source of water such as a spring or well until 1946. A booming town and in early days  had seven saloons, 16 eating houses a lumber yard, 2 Laundries, 3 livery stables, 5 sporting houses, 4 hotels and several stores. In 1912 most of this rowdy little town was destroyed. Paul 1905, and Rupert plotted in 1905 as a model town with a city park. Also the homestead region of Adelaide Named for Adelaide Dampier, founded in 1882 another UPRR siding. In the early part of the 1900's, settlers from all over came and took up Homesteads and claims, living and doing a limited amount of farming for three years for ownership of claim. Adelaide did have a post office from 1915 to 1916. Also a school and two churches, two church cemeteries. By 1932 the farming had ended due to lack of water and severe weather. The settlers all gave up their claims, returning to other areas or where they came from.

 

Adjoining counties include:

 Blaine, Lincoln, Jerome and Cassia.
 
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                                                                        OLD PHOTO'S OF PAUL AND HEYBURN, IDAHO      

Cheese Factory in early Paul,Idaho

Main street, Paul, Idaho -

Main street in Paul, Idaho -1921

Minidoka Dam

Not Paul State Bank

Sugar Factory in construction

Paul Idaho- 14 June 1917

Old folks of Paul & Heyburn- 1916

Paul Mutual - May 1921

Paul, Idaho - 1921

Ball Game -Paul Idaho

Hewewell, farm at Paul, Idaho

 

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Christine Storey  2011-2014

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