Welcome to Gooding, Idaho

The town of Gooding was established in 1907 on 160 acres owned by Frank R. Gooding, a former Governor and Senator in Idaho.  The original townsite consisted of 160 acres, 80 acres on each side of Main Street beginning at the railroad.  Early in September 1907, surveyors were put to work platting the townsite.

The history of Gooding goes back to the time when nothing existed but a railway station called “Toponis”.  Toponis was the name given to the Oregon Short Line railway station built during 1882 and 1883.  The Toponis post office was built five years later in 1887.  Toponis became the Village of Gooding on November 14, 1907, the first day  a Gooding lot was sold.   The Village of Gooding was incorporated on April 25, 1908.  The Village of Gooding became the City of Gooding on November 21, 1910.

The November 9, 1911 issue of the local paper reported an addition had been built to the Fire House and was to be known as City Hall.  The addition housed the Mayor’s office and  meeting place of the city council.

The City of Gooding with a population of approximately 3564 combines all of the conveniences of a larger city with friendly atmosphere of a small western community with easy access to the conveniences of larger cities, such as Boise and Twin Falls.

Fortunately, perhaps, the growth was steady rather than spectacular, and Gooding County  today still has the traditional resources that gave it birth.  The  Big and Little Wood Rivers remain the basis for a rich irrigated agriculture and a thriving livestock industry.

Cattle and sheep ranching, irrigated and dry farming contribute much to the economy of  Gooding, the trading center of one of the richest irrigated agricultural districts in the United States.  Gooding is home to several trucking lines.

Gooding boasts an industrial park located along he Union Pacific mainline.  The location of the Union Pacific mainline is a strong transportation component and is augmented by easy access to the interstate highway system.  The business park offers sites appropriate to both light and heavy industry.  The Gooding Airport is city owned, located just a short distance outside the city limits.

Within the city limits, you’ll find a municipal golf course, skate park, a swimming pool, softball diamonds, tennis courts, fairgrounds, city parks, exerise facilities, a bowling alley and library.

Gooding’s mild climate compares favorably with the rest of the state. A four season environment, the weather features a definitive spring, summer, fall and winter. The average high  temperature of 76 degrees, average low temperature of 28 degrees and average precipitation of 8.93 inches.

A short drive in any direction will take you to sites for a wide variety of recreational opportunities.  Examples include golfing, skiing, boating, fishing, hiking, hunting, camping, bowling, horseshoes and summer city recreation  programs are all part of the local year round scene.

What is a Boil Advisory?

Because we understand that being asked to boil your water can seem scary we want explain why we issue a boil advisory. and because we will probably have many of them that affect a few homes at some time during the water system improvements. We want make sure everyone understands the Pre-Cautionary steps that we take to make sure your water is safe. Following work that requires shutting down the water mains in your neighborhood or extended low pressure events below 20 PSI we will;


Identify- There will be two types of outages; Planned (such as our water Project) and Emergency. When possible, we will notify you in advance of the outage although in cases of emergency work we often have very small crews and this is not always possible.


Notify- For planned outages affecting just a few homes we will attempt to notify you in person or leave door hangers, a WHITE one telling you when and how long the work is expected to take and a RED one with the instructions for boiling all water intended for consumption for one (1) minute. For larger events we will use mass media such as local television or radio and local posting in prominent areas. Also, just because your neighbor received one and you didn’t doesn’t mean you need to boil, it all depends on where your water meter is located and what lines are affected, although when in doubt boil for safety.


Correct- During construction and repair careful attention is paid to disinfecting the parts we are working with. Once installed or repaired, the water lines are flushed for a period of time and water samples are collected and delivered to a laboratory for testing.


Test- At the laboratory they are tested for the presence of coliform bacteria. These tests typically take 24 hours before we have results although depending on the time of day the lab receives them. It can take up to 48 hours, if a test comes back positive the process starts over from flushing and testing until a negative sample is obtained.


Notify- After we receive notification that the test is negative we will notify you that you no longer need to boil your water using the same method as we originally used, door hangers will be Green.

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