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"Gooding County was named for Frank R. Gooding, an Idaho governor and U.S. Senator. The Malad River was trapped in the early 1800's by mountain men and fur trappers. The rich agricultural lands of Hagerman Valley attracted settlers in the 1860's. Sheep and cattle ranchers were established about the beginning of the 20th century, and the North Side Canal opened much land to irrigation. The springs that gush from the north wall of the Snake River Canyon provide water of constant temperature for fish farms, which supply about 90 percent of the processed trout sold in the nation. The Oregon Short Line was built through the county in 1883 with a station at Bliss. Hagerman Valley is an attraction for writers and artists who make their home there. Fossil beds near Hagerman have attracted widespread scientific interest and a proposal has been made to establish the beds as a national monument. Agriculture and aquaculture are the county's principal industries. -- "The Idaho Almanac," 1977 Edition, State of Idaho."


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City of the Rocks National Reserve
Hagerman Fossil Beds
Conquest of the Snake, South Central Idaho labored together to build towns, plow land and build an irrigation system that would transform the desert and attract thousands of new settlers.


Hagerman WWI Service Flag
WWI thank-you letter
Gooding at Hawley's History of Idaho
Governor Frank Gooding, by Arthur Hart




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