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American Legion Hall

Veterans stand outside the American Legion Hall in Twin Falls in this undated Clarence E. Bisbee photograph. The brick structure was built in 1926 and now houses the city's engineering department, and planning and zoning.

TWIN FALLS | In 1919, the Magic Valley welcomed home hundreds who fought in World War I.

In April that year, 10,000 residents filled Shoshone Street, from City Park to the Twin Falls Depot, to greet 250 soldiers as they arrived by train, according to the Twin Falls Daily News.

Also that year, the American Legion was chartered as “a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness,” and a local post was endorsed. The legion, which evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of the Great War into one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the U.S., was especially active during the 1920s.

Twin Falls built its American Legion Hall in 1926 in the 300 block of Hansen Street East, about a block and a half from City Park. The building is now owned by the city of Twin Falls and is used to house the city engineering department, and planning and zoning.

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Mychel Matthews reports on agriculture and rural issues 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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