Jefferson County Historical Society and Farnsworth TV Pioneer Museum

Location: 118 West 1st Street South in Rigby (208) 745-8423
Rigby’s most famous one-time resident receives the spotlight in this community museum. At age 11, Philo T. Farnsworth moved to Rigby and became intrigued with various electrical motors on his uncle’s farm. Utilizing his interest in electrons, Farnsworth developed his idea of the cathode ray tube at age 14 and by the time he was 22, Farnsworth had created the first television. Today, the museum showcases the accomplishments of Farnsworth and his 125 patents, including some of his earliest inventions. In addition, visitors will find several historical photos of the region and displays about Native Americans and wildlife. The museum is open from 1 PM to 5 PM Tuesday through Saturday.

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