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Minidoka County, Idaho

US county information
NameMinidoka County
StateIdaho
SeatRupert
Largest cityRupert
US Area
Total Area762.98 sq mi (1976.1 km2)
Land Area759.62 sq mi (1967.4 km2)
Water Area3.36 sq mi (8.7 km2)
Population20174 (2000)
Density10.2/km2 (26.5/sq mi)
Named forThe Dakota Sioux word meaning "a fountain or spring of water."
Time zoneMountain
Time zoneMountain: UTC-7/-6: -7/-6

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Minidoka County is a county located in the U.S. state of Idaho. The county seat and largest city is Rupert. As of the 2000 Census the county had a population of 20,174 (2008 estimate: 18,645).

The name Minidoka is of Dakota Sioux origin meaning "a fountain or spring of water." Minidoka was first used in 1883 as a name for the Union Pacific's Oregon Short Line, a railroad spur in the middle of the Snake River Plain. The spur later became the site of a watering station along the line. The village of Minidoka grew up next to the station. The Minidoka name was then given to a reclamation project under then President Theodore Roosevelt which included the construction of the Minidoka Dam, completed in 1904. Minidoka National Historic Site (in Jerome County) was part of the original reclamation project and hence shares the name. Minidoka County was created by the Idaho Legislature on January 28, 1913, by a partition of Lincoln County.

Minidoka County is part of the Burley Micropolitan Statistical Area.


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