A modern Twin Falls

Twin Falls Bank and Trust, far left, and the Hotel Perrine are seen on Main Avenue in the mid-1950s. Across the street, the City Drug (now Dunken’s Draught House) occupied the Baugh building. With four traffic lanes and parallel parking, the street appears here much wider than it does today.

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The Hotel Perrine, one of the first buildings constructed in downtown, towered over the dirt streets and ditches as seen in the first photos taken of Twin Falls.

The hotel, at the west corner of Main Avenue and Shoshone Street, nearly disappears in this photo taken 50 years later showing a modern downtown, with power lines and traffic lights crisscrossing streets, antennas perched on rooftops and flashing neon signs luring customers into storefronts.

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Across Main from the Hotel Perrine stands Leonard Emerson’s City Drug in the Baugh building. It became Dunken’s Draught House in 1990.

The blue Cadillac parked on the right would have sold for about $5,000 brand new.

Mychel Matthews reports on rural issues and agriculture for the Times-News. The Hidden History feature runs every Thursday in the Times-News and on Magicvalley.com. If you have a question about something that may have historical significance, email Matthews at mmatthews@magicvalley.com or call her at 208-735-3233.

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