- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) - Officials in the southeastern Idaho city of Idaho Falls are making plans to celebrate its beginning 150 years ago.

History buff Paul Menser tells the Post Register (https://bit.ly/1xyBiIA) that a toll bridge at Black Rock Canyon that opened in 1865 is considered the city’s first sign of settlement. The town was originally known as Eagle Rock, but was renamed Idaho Falls in 1891.

Menser heads the planning committee for this year’s celebration and says possible events include the burying of a time capsule that could be dug up in 50 or 100 years.

He also says the celebration could be tied into existing events such as a Fourth of July parade and the Idaho Falls Symphony’s September concert.

The city’s 100th anniversary in 1965 passed without official celebration, Menser said, and he wants citizens this year to take notice.

“It’d just be a shame to let (the anniversary) go by without any comment, because that’s what happened before,” he said. “It’s a matter of education, branding and awareness . and getting the community to realize, ‘hey we’ve been here 150 years and there are certain things that have happened that have made us who we are.’ “

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Information from: Post Register, https://www.postregister.com

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