Migration to Irrigation
Look around ... below you are many irrigated fields. Up the hillside is an irrigation pipe that pumps water from the river to the field on the bench above.
People have used this area for thousands of years.
Use has changed from migration to irrigation. The Shoshone and Bannock tribes migrated through this area to hunt, fish, and gather wild plants for food. By the early 1800's, trappers moved through the area in search of animal pelts. Charles Higgins, and early settler along the South Fork of the Snake, built the first of many irrigation canals to provide a reliable source of water for agriculture.