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The Union Pacific RR came through this area in 1894 and thus started the settlement of Downey. In 1910, the settlement gained in popularity when an irrigation canal brought water in from the Portneuf River. The town itself was named after an official on the UPRR, and the post office was established in 1894. Farming and ranching currently drive the economy. In addition, Downey is recognized for sporting the state’s first Pony Express line and for establishing Southeastern Idaho’s first stagecoach stop.

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