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The Oregon Short Line Railroad established a post office in Shoshone as survey crews mapped out routes in 1883. When construction ensued for nearby Twin Falls, Shoshone served the area residents and crews with supplies. In its early days, the town was recognized as one of the roughest and wildest places in Idaho. Numerous arrests occured every day, with prisoners forced into tightly guarded holes in the ground (no jail was available)! Fights broke out on the street every hour, lot jumpers were the norm, bad whiskey flowed freely, and gunshots were fired no matter the time of day. The scene was further complemented by numerous gambling halls and plenty of brothels filled with enterprising women.

Shoshone has come a long ways since its inception, but the Wild West days and roots of its past are still evident amidst the town’s numerous historical buildings.

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