Life in Teton Valley, Idaho
From 1841 to 1868, over 300,000 whites migrated over the South Pass, about 150 miles south of Teton Valley. The migrations were due to the California Gold Rush of 1849 and the migration of the Mormons to avoid religious persecution. The migrating groups took over lands that belonged to The Bannock, Nez Perce and Blackfeet.
The completion of the transcontinental railroad and the Homestead Act of 1862 brought many settlers into Teton Valley. Some of the present day inhabitants of Teton Valley are fifth generation descendants of the early settlers. Teton Valley, located at 6,100 feet elevation, has a unique climate and geology. The fall and spring seasons in the valley are short which gives way to longer winters producing ample snow pack in the mountains to support the lush farmland and abundant creeks and streams during the summer months.