The Great Feeder
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member brwhiz
N 43° 37.881 W 111° 46.408
12T E 437605 N 4831219
Quick Description: The Great Feeder is a Dam and Canal system which provides most of the irrigation water for the Upper Snake River Valley.
Location: Idaho, United States
Date Posted: 1/21/2012 10:50:18 AM
Waymark Code: WMDJN5
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member muddawber
Views: 2

Long Description:

The Great Feeder

The Snake River shifted to the north bypassing the South Channel or Dry Bed and left canals along this route without water during most of the summer of 1894. The Great Feeder Headgate and Canal were built in the years 1894 and 1895 to supply water to the Upper Snake River Valley. The system included twenty major canals and ditches delivering irrigation water for one hundred thousand acres of farmland. The Great Feeder was dug, and other channels closed off, by men using teams of horses. An entire small mountain, known as Kelley Rock and located east of Helse Hot Springs, was used in the construction of this huge dam. The Great Feeder, located five miles northeast of Ririe, was dedicated June 22, 1895.

The Dry Bed supplies many irrigation ditches between the Great Feeder and the town of Roberts where it again joins the Snake River. Because of the Great Feeder, the city of Ririe has become an important grain and potato center.

No. 453 - - - 1990 - - -Ririe Golden Grain Camp

Marker Name: The Great Feeder

Marker Type: Roadside

Marker Text:
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County: Jefferson

City: Ririe

Date Dedicated: 1990

Group Responsible for Placement: Daughters of Utah Pioneers

Marker Number: 453

Web link(s) for additional information: Not listed

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