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A Historical Road Trip Across Eastern Idaho

Places around the region to fill your mind

Published online: Nov 17, 2020 Looking Back, Road Trips Krystal Hernandez
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Are you looking for an educational road trip? There are plenty of spots to visit close by where you can satisfy your adventurous spirit and learn a little more about our region. Take your family on any of these short road trips:

Legacy Flight Museum

The Legacy Flight Museum, located at 400 Airport Road in Rexburg, is a large aviation hangar that displays a collection of old-school military and civilian aircraft. The museum is open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and closes at 4 p.m. on Saturdays. If you are interested in old-school planes, check out the museum today. 

Farnsworth TV & Pioneer Museum 

The Farnsworth TV & Pioneer Museum is located in the center of Rigby at 118 W. 1st S. and is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday 1 - 5 p.m. The Museum covers a wide variety of topics including the inventor of the TV, Philo T. Farnsworth, as well as local writers such as Vardis Fisher. It also features other historical electric landmarks for Jefferson County. 

Teton Dam & Rexburg Flood Museum

The Teton Dam, located in Newdale, is the site of a tragic event that occurred on June 5, 1976 when the earthen man-made dam suddenly washed away and a large reservoir of water hurtled down the Snake River towards the cities below. Despite efforts of local church and government relief, 14 lives were lost and millions of dollars in damages were caused. The Museum of Rexburg, located at 51 N Center St., houses a display of the damage and magnitude of this unforeseen calamity. The museum is open Mondays 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Tuesdays 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Visit the Dam itself and the museum for the full story and experience. 

Fort Hall Replica

The Fort Hall Replica was one of the first trading posts in southern Idaho. The replica is located at 3001 Avenue of the Chiefs in Pocatello, and is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Civil Defense Caves

The caves are located just outside of the St. Anthony, Idaho Sand Dunes and can be accessed at any time. However, there is a lot to know before you go. Be warned the access road is rather bumpy and a 4-wheel drive vehicle is best. There are no bathrooms, so be sure to go prior to getting there. Bring good hiking shoes as it gets rather icy and the rocks are a bit difficult in some areas. Be sure to bring a jacket because the temperature drops the deeper you enter the cave and bring a strong flashlight to guide your way. If you are prepared, it is sure to be a unique experience. 

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