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Gooding and many southern Idaho cities are in an area known as “the Magic Valley.” Canals were built to carry water from the Snake River to Milner Dam in 1905. Shortly thereafter, productive farmland seemed to spring up out of nowhere on the sagebrush-covered southern Idaho desert. Thus, the term “Magic Valley” was born. In this most unique area of Idaho, the cities of Twin Falls, Jerome, Kimberly, Filer, Gooding, Wendell, Glenns Ferry, Castleford, Burley, Rupert, and Heyburn sit in an area formed by fire, wind and water. The mighty Snake River and its magnificent canyon etches the boundaries of each city where many falls, including 212 foot Shoshone Falls, can be seen.

The magnificent Snake River Canyon cuts into hundreds of feet of volcanic rock as a result of the ancient Bonneville Flood that occurred over 15,000 years ago. This colossal flood began at ancient Lake Bonneville, a vast prehistoric body of water who’s only remains are the great Salt Lake and North Marsh Creek in Southern Idaho. The Bonneville flood was the second worst flood in the history of the world. The first was in Montana which was far more violent and dealt it’s wrath on Northern Idaho.

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