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This small community began as part of the irrigation project pursued by the Idaho Irrigation Company. The company’s 1907 construction of Magic Dam greatly contributed to the area’s initial settlement. Upon the dam’s completion, lots were provided to settlers under the Carey Act, and the town boomed as an agricultural center from 1924 to 1940.

Initially, Richfield was known as Alberta after Alberta Strunk, the first child born in the new town. However, when the New York based White and Company purchased the area irrigation project, business officals changed the name to entice prospective settlers with the implication that the area was covered with rich farmland.

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