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Quick Facts

Former name

The original name of Idaho Falls was Eagle Rock.

Geographic location

Idaho Falls is the largest city in Bonneville County, Idaho and is its county seat.

City Hall
308 Constitution Way
Post Office Box 50220
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83405


Archives and Libraries

The Idaho Falls Public Library has early city directories, telephone books, local histories, a vertical file of newspaper clippings on various topics, and microfilmed copies of local historical newspapers.  Their website can be found at



Obituaries from all of Eastern Idaho as well as funeral home and cemetery records have been indexed in the Eastern Idaho Death Records Index.

Church History and Records

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


There are 18 Wards and 2 Branches of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, meeting in 6 different meeting houses.  For more details go the the above website and type in Idaho Falls.


Many of the original records of church units are in the Church History Library in Salt Lake City. Many of the membership records covering these units from the date of their creation to about 1948 have been microfilmed and are available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City or at its Family History Centers.  Many of the records of Idaho Falls Wards (1882-1948) are in this collection. 



The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah has microfilmed records of  St. John's Episcopal Church  (1892-1998) of Idaho Falls, the  Ascension Episcopal Church of Idaho Falls (1953-1996), and the St. Mark's Episcopal Church of Idaho Falls.  These original records are found in the Trinity Episcopal Church of Pocatello, Idaho.  Copies of these records can be viewed at the Library in Salt Lake City, or in any of its Family History Centers.

Roman Catholic


Holy Rosary Church‎
145 9th St
Idaho Falls, ID 83404-4896

(208) 522-4366


Records of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church (1905-1964) have been microfilmed by the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah from records held in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise. These films can be viewed at the Library in Salt Lake City or in any of it Family History Centers.


For a listing of other churches in Idaho Falls, go to this website.  Location and contact information is given.


The Idaho State Archives in Boise has a collection of city, county, regional and state directories. Among the holdings of that collection are city directories for Idaho Falls for the years 1910-1917, 1919-1921, 1923-24, 1926, 1928-30, 1932-33, 1936-37, 1939-41, 1946, 1949, 1952, 1954, 1956-57, 1959-1988, 1990-1995, 1997.

Funeral Homes

Wood Funeral Home
963 S Ammon Rd
Ammon, Idaho 83406
(208) 522-2992
Buck Miller Hann Funeral Home
825 E 17th St
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83404
(208) 522-7424
Wood Funeral Home
273 N Ridge Ave
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402
(208) 522-2751
Nalder Funeral Home
110 W Oak St
Shelley, Idaho 83274
(208) 357-3231
Coltrin Mortuary & Crematory
2100 1st St
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83401
(208) 524-1000
Eckersell Memorial Chapel
101 W Main St
Rigby, Idaho 83442
(208) 745-6604

Obituaries from all of Eastern Idaho as well as funeral home and cemetery records have been indexed in the Eastern Idaho Death Records Index.


In 1865-1866 the first wagon bridge was built across Snake River where the city of Idaho Falls now stands. In 1879 the Utah Northern Railroad was built through that part of the country, and in 1880 the railroad company built a round house and machine shop at Eagle Rock, which made the place at once an important railroad center. The town was first called Eagle Rock because of a rock in the river which near that point frequently visited by eagles. Among the men employed by the railroad in erecting buildings for the company at Eagle Rock was James Thomas and other, who located there in 1882.The total population of the five Idaho Fall Precinct, was 12,322 in 1930.

Additional history of Idaho Falls, Idaho and the early Mormon settlers there can be found in:
Andrew Jenson. Encyclopedic History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Salt Lake City: Deseret News Publishing Company, 1941, p. 353.


Military History and Records




P.O. Box 1800
Idaho Falls, ID 83403
Ph. 208-522-1800
email -


Copies of issues of the following newspapers, published in Idaho Falls, are in the collections of the Idaho State Archives in Boise.

Idaho Falls Times -- 9 July 1891 to 16 Sep 1920
Idaho Register -- 18 Aug 1893 to 14 Sep 1920
Idaho Falls Daily Post -- 31 Mar 1916 to 25 July 1929
Times-Register -- 17 Sep 1920 to 30 Oct 1931
Idaho Falls Post -- 26 July 1929 to 8 Oct 1931
Post-Register -- 9 Oct 1931 to present
Idaho Commoner -- 28 Apr 1932 t0 30 July 1948
Eastern Idaho Farmer -- 6 Aug. 1948 to 11 Mar 1979

Copies of the Post-Register, Jan. 1950 to Sep. 1977, are also available online at, a subscription web site.


Obituaries from all of Eastern Idaho as well as funeral home and cemetery records have been indexed in the Eastern Idaho Death Records Index.

School Records


Wikipedia page for Idaho Falls



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