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Shoshone Falls “Niagra Of The West”

The GUARDIAN made a run to Twin Falls Friday after reports of “lots of water” coming over Shoshone Falls.


We did see lots of water and despite the overcast sky, the 212 foot falls as always were spectacular.
To get there take I-84 to the Twin Falls exit, cross the Snake River bridge and turn left at FALLS AVE. About two miles east follow the left turn sign to the falls. Admission is $3.

Since Shoshone Falls is often called the “Niagra of the West”, the GUARDIAN was wondering if folks back in New York talk about, the “Shoshone of the East” when they visit Niagra.

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  1. Thomas Moran, an 19th-century artist from the “Hudson River School,” painted the falls in 1900; the original (HUGE – 71 x 133 inches) hangs prominently in the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa.

    (Compare with the Guardian’s photo – some of the geologic features match up nicely. Although the Hudson River artists were somewhat notorious for embellishing their landscapes.)

    I’ve been to the museum a couple times. The first time was a RELIGIOUS experience. It’s a MUST-VISIT if you’re ever down Tulsa way.

    Shoshone Falls is NOT always spectacular; most of the time it’s a trickle, as the water gets diverted for power generation.

    It’s supposedly higher than Niagara, but the volume can’t compare, I wouldn’t think. (At least Niagara seems like it’s a lot farther from one side of the river to the other.)

  2. The painting is beautiful and I bet that seeing it up close is really something. However, comparing the picture as shown on the website to Dave’s picture – I am voting for Dave’s picture.

    I have artists in the family and appreciate that kind of talent, but getting the right camera shot takes a great deal of skill too.

    Thanks Dave…

  3. If you want to see the most incredible depiction of Twin falls you have to come to the schubert theatre in Gooding Idaho, the falls were painted by Ernest Miller for the openeing night of business in 1920, its a huge canvas 18×24 ft and in amazing condition, it was rediscovered in the fly about 3 years ago and is now functioning again.

    Anyone wanting to see the painting can call 208-733-7695 to make an appointment

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