Bonneville County was established February 7, 1911 by the state legislature from the north and east parts of Bingham County. Named for Captain B. L. E. Bonneville, of the U. S. Army, who explored throughout the Snake River area in the 1830s. A settlement developed at the site of 1864, this settlement was known as Idaho Falls after 1891.
County Clerk County Courthouse Idaho Falls, ID 83402-3582 Phone: (208) 529-1350 ext. 1355 Fax: (208) 529-1353
Some Bonneville communities are: Ammon, Bone, Caribou City, Herman, Idaho Falls, Irwin, Iona, Swan Valley, and Ucon . The total population for the county in 2000 was 82,522.
The Idaho Falls Idaho Temple sits on a beautiful tract of land, donated by the Chamber of Commerce, that overlooks the falls of the Snake River. The cornerstone for the Idaho Falls Temple was laid on October 19, 1940 and construction was completed in 1945.
Location: Broadway and Yellowstone Highway #91 in Idaho Falls
The Museum of Idaho is Idaho's premier national traveling exhibit museum and is dedicated to preserving and showcasing the natural and cultural history of Idaho and the Intermountain West. The museum does this by developing regional educational programs in the sciences and humanities, and by hosting nationally acclaimed exhibitions including A T. Rex Named Sue, Discovering Idaho: The World of Lewis & Clark, and Space Journey (NASA). The museum offers permanent displays about the Columbian Mammoth, Lewis and Clark, the Race for Atomic Power, and the Children's Discovery Room, along with a reading and reference library, presentations, and educational programs.
Interesting Facts: Although thousands of immigrants passed through Idaho, the discovery of gold in 1860 is what attracted settlers in large numbers to Idaho. The gold rush brought a need for goods and services to many towns, and the Portneuf Valley, home of Pocatello, was the corridor initially used by stage and freight lines. The coming of the railroad provided further development of Idaho's mineral resources and "Pocatello junction" became an important transportation crossroads as the Union Pacific Railroad expanded its service.
Tautphaus Park Zoo is accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA). Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats.
For years people have gathered at Idaho Falls Greenbelt consists of the falls and 14 miles of river bank, a beautiful area enjoyed by the 50,000 people of this community.
Golf Courses: Pine Crest Golf Course, Sage Lakes Golf Course, Sand Creek Golf Course
Ririe Reservoir is formed by Ririe Dam which is a major feature on the Ririe Project . Ririe Reservoir is administered by the Bonneville County Parks & Recreation Department. Access to this 1,500-acre reservoir with 32 miles of shoreline is fair to good. Fishing season runs from late May through November. Available species include rainbow, brown, and cutthroat trout. Reservoir acre feet and total reservoir capacity and cubic feet/second release rates for rivers below Upper Snake River Basin reservoirs and select river locations are updated daily and graphically provided. Site offers rest rooms, boat ramp and dock, campground, swimming, and visitor center.
War Bonnet Roundup
From its inception, the War Bonnet Roundup has been a way to promote Idaho Falls and recall the area's Western heritage. The first roundup was held in 1912 in conjunction with the Bonneville County Fair. The county had split off from Bingham County the year before, and Idaho Falls boosters were looking for a way to enliven the new county's fall exhibit of agricultural produce.
Snowmobiling Swan Valley- Swan Valley has over 400 miles of groomed snowmobile trails yet remains a virtual unknown playground for winter recreation. Two primary accesses to the snowmobile trail system, which takes riders to the upper reaches of Bonneville and Bingham Counties are Fall Creek on the West end of the valley on Snake River Road at the Swan Valley Bridge and the Palisades Dam access at the East end. Both access are just off Highway 26. The pristine trail system is home to trumpeter swans, sand hill cranes, moose, elk, white tail and mule deer, osprey, and bald eagles.