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Our Genealogy Helper for American Falls ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about American Falls (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for American Falls. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the east contained birth and death records; the county to the south contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

American Falls is located in Power County and is the County Seat.

To see how the shape of Idaho's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Power County: Bannock, Bingham, Blaine, Cassia & Oneida.

Below are the counties that are near American Falls. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to American Falls:

  • Power County     (The home county of American Falls)
    • Michaud [Power County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Michaud
      • Michaud [Power County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the northeast of American Falls
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Michaud
    • Rockland [Power County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rockland
      • Rockland [Power County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the south of American Falls
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 279 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rockland have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rockland
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rockland<3>
    • Pauline [Power County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pauline
      • Pauline [Power County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the southeast of American Falls
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pauline
    • Arbon [Power County]
  • Bannock County
    • Alameda [Bannock County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alameda
      • Alameda [Bannock County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the east of American Falls
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alameda
    • Pocatello [Bannock County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pocatello
      • Pocatello [Bannock County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the east of American Falls
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 57,029 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pocatello
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pocatello<3>
    • Chubbuck [Bannock County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chubbuck
      • Chubbuck [Bannock County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the northeast of American Falls
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 15,960 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chubbuck
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Chubbuck<3>
    • Inkom [Bannock County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Inkom
      • Inkom [Bannock County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the east of American Falls
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 910 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Inkom have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Inkom
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Inkom<3>
    • McCammon [Bannock County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for McCammon
      • McCammon [Bannock County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the east of American Falls
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 833 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for McCammon have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on McCammon
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for McCammon<3>
    • Arimo [Bannock County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Arimo
      • Arimo [Bannock County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the southeast of American Falls
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 368 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Arimo have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Arimo
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Arimo<3>
  • Bingham County
    • Aberdeen [Bingham County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Aberdeen
      • Aberdeen [Bingham County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the north of American Falls
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,992 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Aberdeen have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Aberdeen
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Aberdeen<3>
    • Springfield [Bingham County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Springfield
      • Springfield [Bingham County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the north of American Falls
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Springfield have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Springfield
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Springfield<3>
    • Coffee Point [Bingham County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Coffee Point
      • Coffee Point [Bingham County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the north of American Falls
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Coffee Point have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Coffee Point
    • Pingree [Bingham County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pingree
      • Pingree [Bingham County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the northeast of American Falls
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pingree have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pingree
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pingree<3>
    • Fort Hall [Bingham County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fort Hall
      • Fort Hall [Bingham County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the northeast of American Falls
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fort Hall have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fort Hall
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fort Hall<3>
    • Liberty [Bingham County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Liberty
      • Liberty [Bingham County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the northeast of American Falls
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Liberty
    • Moreland [Bingham County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Moreland
      • Moreland [Bingham County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the northeast of American Falls
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Moreland have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Moreland
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Moreland<3>
    • Blackfoot [Bingham County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Blackfoot
      • Blackfoot [Bingham County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the northeast of American Falls
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 12,025 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Blackfoot have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Blackfoot
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Blackfoot<3>
  • Minidoka County
    • Minidoka [Minidoka County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Minidoka
      • Minidoka [Minidoka County] lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the west of American Falls
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 113 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Minidoka
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Minidoka<3>
    • Acequia [Minidoka County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Acequia
      • Acequia [Minidoka County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the west of American Falls
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 130 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Acequia

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to American Falls, see our County-by-County Page for American Falls.

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of American Falls ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 39 newspapers that have been published in the area around American Falls.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of American Falls. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of American Falls and those printed in the larger area surrounding American Falls.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 38 miles [61.2 km] of American Falls.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites either offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to American Falls:

  • Of Special Interest ...
    • The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.
    • Stories from Idaho

Cemeteries Near American Falls ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of American Falls.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for American Falls covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

  • Falls View Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Falls View Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Falls View Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Falls View Cemetery
  • Neeley Cemetery
  • Homestead Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Homestead Cemetery
    • Homestead Cemetery lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the north of American Falls.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Homestead Cemetery
  • Aberdeen Cemetery
  • Indian Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Indian Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Indian Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Indian Cemetery lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the northeast of American Falls.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Indian Cemetery
  • Indian Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Indian Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Indian Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Indian Cemetery lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the northeast of American Falls.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Indian Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Pauline Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Pauline Cemetery
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for the Pauline Cemetery. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<5>
      • The Pauline Cemetery is located less than 2 miles<1> to the north of Pauline.More accurately, Pauline Cemetery lies 21 miles [33.8 km] to the southeast of American Falls.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pauline Cemetery
      • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #2168134<4>
    • Restlawn Memorial Gardens
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Restlawn Memorial Gardens
      • The Restlawn Memorial Gardens is a large cemetery that is located outside and to the southeast of Pocatello.Stated another way, Restlawn Memorial Gardens lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the east of American Falls.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Restlawn Memorial Gardens
      • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #193495<4>
    • Mountain View Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Mountain View Cemetery
      • The Mountain View Cemetery is a very large cemetery that is located outside and to the southeast of Pocatello.More accurately, Mountain View Cemetery lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the east of American Falls.
      • Mountain View Cemetery has also been known as:
      • Mt. Moriah Cemetery
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mountain View Cemetery
      • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #80577<4>
    • Springfield Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Springfield Cemetery
      • Springfield Cemetery lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the northeast of American Falls.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Springfield Cemetery
    • Good Shepherd Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Good Shepherd Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Good Shepherd Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Good Shepherd Cemetery lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the northeast of American Falls.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Good Shepherd Cemetery

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<6>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that American Falls had a population of 68 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2020, American Falls had a population of 4,298 people.

These communities are listed based on their distance from American Falls, with the one closest to American Falls listed first.

  • American Falls [Power County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for American Falls
    • American Falls [Power County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of American Falls
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 68 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,298 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, American Falls had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on American Falls
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for American Falls<3>
  • Rockland [Power County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rockland
    • Rockland [Power County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the south of American Falls
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 37 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 279 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Rockland had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rockland have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rockland
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rockland<3>
  • Wapi [Blaine County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wapi
    • Wapi [Blaine County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the west of American Falls
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Wapi had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wapi have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wapi
  • Pocatello [Bannock County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pocatello
    • Pocatello [Bannock County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the east of American Falls
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 1,639 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 57,029 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Pocatello had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pocatello
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pocatello<3>

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around American Falls. See our List of 1890's Communities around American Falls.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for American Falls ...

While our initial data about American Falls came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of American Falls in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about American Falls.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895)
Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Note for American Falls:
Services available in 1895: no Railroad mentioned

Mobile Oil Map of Idaho (1949)
Published by Mobile Oil Company

Rand McNally Map of Idaho (1925)
Published by Rand McNally & Co.

Rand McNally Map of Idaho (1937)
Published by Rand McNally & Co.

Shell Oil Road Map for Idaho (1956)
Published by Shell Oil Company

We have found American Falls in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for American Falls for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for American Falls. See our Misc Page for American Falls for more information.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for American Falls. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Power County: www.co.power.id.us/

The official website for State of Idaho: www.state.id.us/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- American Falls) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for American Falls. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from American FallsOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in American Falls. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.7812, Longitude: -112.8537    
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<5>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.
<6>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about American Falls, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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