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Water and American GovernmentThe Reclamation Bureau, National Water Policy, and the West, 1902-1935$
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Donald Pisani

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520230309

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520230309.001.0001

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Case Studies in Irrigation and Community

Case Studies in Irrigation and Community

Twin Falls and Rupert

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(p.65) 3 Case Studies in Irrigation and Community
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Water and American Government
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Donald J. Pisani

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520230309.003.0003

This chapter examines two different agricultural communities in Snake River Valley in Idaho: one at Rupert and the other at Twin Falls. It reveals that while irrigation was never the solution William Ellsworth Smythe promised it to be, it still helped shape both the rural and western communities. The chapter provides an analysis of irrigation and determines the constraints that limited the nature and application of natural resource laws at all government levels. The chapter concludes that neither Rupert nor Twin Falls demonstrated a sharp division between businessmen stockmen, and farmers that was so evident in Kansas cattle towns.

Keywords:   agricultural community, Snake River Valley, Rupert, Twin Falls, William Ellsworth Smyth, irrigation, constraints, natural resource laws, cattle towns

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