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Platted in 1903 as “Riverton” during the initial stages of the Minidoka reclamation project, Heyburn’s current name is a reflection of U.S. Senator Weldon Brinton Heyburn (1903-1912), who lived and worked in the area during the 1890’s. It is assumed that the post office chose the name when it was established in 1892; however, Bureau of Reclamation records indicates it named the town in 1905. In addition to its notoriety associated with Senatory Heyburn, this town also serves as the birthplace of Donald Crabtree, a renowned archaeologist who researched stone tool technology.

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