DEVELOPMENT OF THE TRACT
In 1894 the
United States Congress passed the Carey Act that allowed states to request the setting
aside of large tracts of Federal land for private investors. Irrigation systems were to be
developed in accordance with approved plans for an irrigation system. This prompted the
interest of I.B. Perrine and other investors and led to the construction and development
of the Twin Falls Canal Company System. The entrymen paid the Twin Falls Land and Water
for the water, developed 20 acres with irrigation water, paid the state fifty (.50 ) cents
per acre, and obtained patents for the land.
Many have said that the
Twin Falls system is the most successfully developed Carey Act project in the West. Since
1909, the Twin Falls Canal Company (TFCC) has operated the canal system. In addition to
dependable Snake River water supplies, portions of return flows from Deep Creek and Cedar
Draw are also diverted into the system. The coulees allow for the recapture of wastewater
and other subterranean seepage flows which further increases efficiency.