American Falls, Power County, Idaho Genealogy

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Quick Facts

Former name

Geographic location

City Hall

American Falls City Hall
550 N Oregon Trail
American Falls, ID 83211-1800

Phone: (208) 226 2569




Church History and Records


Bethany Baptist Church

280 Polk St
American Falls, ID 83211
(208) 226-2878

Willow Bay Baptist Church

246 Lee Street

American Falls, ID 83211

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


There are four wards and one branch (congregations) meeting at two separate places:  650 Pocatello Avenue and 111 Church Place, both in American Falls.


Many of the original records of church units are in the Church History Library in Salt Lake City. Many of the membership records covering these units from the date of their creation to about 1948 have been microfilmed and are available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City or at its Family History Centers.



St. John's Episcopal Church

350 Roosevelt
American Falls, ID 83211



United Methodist Church of American Falls
710 Fort Hall Avenue
American Falls, ID 83211

Roman Catholic


St Mary's Catholic Church

376 Roosevelt Street
American Falls, ID 83211-1219
(208) 226-5217


The Family History Library in Salt Lake City has microfilmed copies of church registers found in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise.  Among these registers are those from Our Lady of Lourdes and Blessed Sacrament in American Falls.


The Idaho State Archives in Boise has a collection of city, county, state and regional directories

Funeral Homes

Davis-Rose Mortuary
170 Idaho St
American Falls, Idaho 83211
(208) 226-2147


Wilson Price Hunt expedition camped at the falls in 1811. Oregon Trail passes north of town through the present-day reservoir. The town in 1925 relocated and move close to the American Falls Dam construction site. The old town site sits at the bottom of the reservoir, northeast of the present city. John C. Fremont visited the town in 1843. The total Population of American Falls in 1930 was 1,888. The Dam was completed in 1978. American Falls was an important station on the Oregon Short Line Railroad.

Additional history of American Falls, Idaho and the early Mormon settlers there can be found in:
Andrew Jenson. Encyclopedic History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Salt Lake City: Deseret News Publishing Company, 1941, p. 19.

A brief history of American Falls is available on the city's official website.


Military History and Records




Power County Express
174 Idaho Street
American Falls, ID 83211
Ph. 208-226-5294
email -


Copies of issues of the following American Falls newspapers  are in the collections of the Idaho State Archives in Boise:

American Falls advertiser 1902: 10:4-1907:7: 10 y 
American Falls press 1907:7:27-1937:12:30 y 
Falls-power & General news  1899:3:2 y 
Power County booster  1932: 10:22-1937:10:29 y 
Power County press  1937: 11:4- to date


School Records