I. B. Perrine
I. B. Perrine
|Died||October 2, 1943 (aged 82)|
|Resting place||Jerome, Idaho|
|Occupation||Farmer, rancher, businessman|
|Known for||Credited as the founder|
of Twin Falls and other cities in the Magic Valley region of Idaho
|Spouse(s)||Hortense McKay Perrine|
|Children||1 daughter, 2 sons|
|Parent(s)||George W. Perrine|
Sarah A. (Burton) Perrine
He was a successful farmer and rancher who among other things received a gold medal for his fruit display at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis. The ranch remained in the Perrine family until 1964, when it was sold and became part of Blue Lakes Country Club.
Although Perrine's operation in the canyon received plenty of water, the surrounding area could not be easily irrigated and was therefore largely unproductive. Beginning in 1893, Perrine worked to convince private financiers to build a dam on the Snake River, along with a corresponding canal system to irrigate the area. This work culminated in the 1900 founding of the Twin Falls Land and Water Company and the subsequent completion of Milner Dam in 1905.
After Twin Falls was founded in 1904, Perrine served as a bank president and owned a hotel in the new city.
Perrine died at age 82 in 1943 and is buried at the family cemetery near his former ranch in Jerome County.
The Perrine Bridge, carrying U.S. 93 over the Snake River Canyon, is named for him, and a statue of him is outside the city's visitor center. Also named for him are an elementary school in Twin Falls and Perrine Coulee, which runs through the city and ends as a waterfall on the south rim of the canyon, west of the bridge.
- You Tube – Perrine Coulee Falls
- South Fork Companion – Irrigation pioneer and Twin Falls developer Ira B. Perrine – May 7, 2015
- Magic Valley.com – Who was I.B. Perrine?
- I.B. Perrine Elementary School – Twin Falls, Idaho
- I. B. Perrine at Find a Grave
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