Case Studies in Irrigation and Community

Donald J. Pisani

in Water and American Government

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2002 | ISBN: 9780520230309
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927582 | DOI:
Case Studies in Irrigation and Community

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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

Chapter.  15491 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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