MURPHY, Idaho -- If you'd like to take a tour of the historic Swan Falls Dam and Power Plant, you can do so Saturday until 5 p.m.
The event is in conjunction with Idaho Archeology and Historic Preservation Month.
The free tours are part of Idaho Power's celebration of the 111th anniversary of the Swan Falls project. The original plant first began generating electricity in 1901. As more demands for electricity and technology changed, the plant underwent three major expansions before it was replaced by a new powerhouse in 1994.
Originally built to bring power to mines at nearby Silver City, Swan Falls later supplied electricity to small farms in the Nampa-Caldwell area. Many of those farmers claimed their lands under the provisions of the Homestead Act, which turns 150 this year.
If you missed Saturday's tours, you can schedule an appointment to view the Swan Falls historic museum. Appointments must be made a week in advance and can be done by calling (208) 736-3458.