Sunday, October 15, 2006
This is Dierkes Lake in Twin Falls, ID. A cousin on my paternal grandfather's side of the family, homesteaded 160 acres at this site only to see his orchards soon flooded by water from the recently developed local canal irrigation system. Ever the entrepreneur, Jack Dierkes began charging 25 cents admission. He and his son Herb built a dock, concession stand and a pulley for kids to hoist themselves across the lake. Now owned by the City of Twin Falls, the lake has been improved and expanded to include enclosed swimming areas, a sandy beach, picnic shelters, restrooms, a playground and trails back to the Hidden Lakes. Jack's wife, Nellie, was one of my great, great grandmother, Sierra Nevada (Little) Foreman's older sisters.