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Murtaugh was once a booming town, growing up near where a mining camp called Dry Town had thrived three decades before.

The town once had a bank, several mercantiles, a depot and a hotel.

The train depot was built in 1912 just east of the grain elevators and west of the tracks, south of Boyd Street East.

Hotel Murtaugh was built in 1915, kitty corner from the depot. The hotel sat east of the tracks, facing south on Boyd Street East. It is said the lumber used to build the hotel was salvaged from the demolished Riverside Inn at Milner.

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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.

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