Last Chance Canal near Grace IdahoLast Chance Canal

This site is the point on the Bear River where water was first diverted by Mormon settlers to develop an agriculture industry in Gem Valley.

Features at the site include diversion dams, hand excavated basalt rock tunnels, flumes, pipelines, and ditches to move the water to the dry plain. Several previous attempts to capture the Bear River waters had failed. This became the settlers "last chance." It epitomizes the development of the agriculture industry in the dry west. Without the network of canals, farming in the region would not exist.
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