26 Sep Learn More About the Teton Flood at the Nearby Museum of Rexburg
As a visitor to Rexburg, you may never guess that the city once spent several days under water due to the Teton Flood. While the city may have recovered beautifully, the Teton Flood is still very much a part of the city’s history. If you want to learn more about this major event, you will be happy to learn that there is an entire museum dedicated to exploring the flood further. Even better, that museum is located just 7 miles away from Snake River Hideout!
Opened in 1981 in the basement of the Rexburg Tabernacle, the Museum of Rexburg features a main exhibit containing plenty of black and white photos taken at the time the flood took place in 1976. The exhibit also contains miniature models showing what happened when the dam collapsed, releasing an estimated 80 billion gallons of water onto Rexburg and killing nine people.
The building in which the exhibit is located was damaged by the Teton Flood. A line on the wall of the museum shows the high water mark that was left behind on the building, which was purchased from the LDS Church with a grant from the Department of the Interior. Some mud-caked mementos are still on display, while visitors are also invited to watch a ten-minute film about the event.