Explosion In The Magic Valley

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On hand from the very beginning was Clarence Bisbee— one of that nineteenth-century army of “historians with a camera”—who came to the town of Twin Falls in 1904, when it was barely more than a collection of tents among the sagebrush, and remained for more than twenty years to photograph the town, people, fields, and farms of the Magic Valley. From the thousands of glass-plate negatives he produced that now are in the possession of the Idaho Historical Society, we offer the selection on the following pages—the photographic record of a Western success story.

— T.H.W.