The original idea for what is now the city of Twin Falls, came from a visionary pioneer and farmer named Ira Burton Perrine in 1900. But his dream may have never been realized without the belief and backing of another visionary, a man named Stanley Milner, who financed the construction of the Milner Dam, as well as most of the complex system of irrigation gates and canals associated with the project. Completed in 1905, the Milner Dam and Twin Falls canal system was considered worldwide as one of the great engineering marvels of the age, and it is what ultimately enabled this high-and-dry desert country we live in to bloom into what is now aptly known as ‘The Magic Valley’, one of the greatest agricultural areas of the Northwest.
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