One of Idaho’s smaller communities made a huge impression by transforming the world via television, novels, and sports.
Rigby, population 3,312, is the home of farm boy Philo T. Farnsworth who invented the small screen cathode ray tube. He later went on to help create radar and the telescope.
Rigby is also the home of novelist Vardis Fisher whose writings proved the basis for Robert Redford’s hit movie “Jeremiah Johnson.” NFL Hall of Fame legend Larry Wilson also hails from Rigby.
There is something in this farming hamlet’s clean air and fertile soil that combines to produce talented and creative people. Those efforts later put Rigby on the map; yet, despite the fame, the city maintains its small-town charm. Its population growth since 2000 has been just under 10 percent.
Its success may all have something to do with its schools.
“There are about 21 students per teacher in Rigby,” reports the city.
A part of the Jefferson County School District, the city is home to three elementary schools one of which is named after Farnsworth. Rigby also has its own middle school and a high school.
The cost of living here makes it easy for residents to enjoy a life that inspired Farnsworth, Fisher, and Wilson. It also helps that homes prove affordable for families.
“The median home cost in Rigby is $119,370,” reports the city.
Currently, Realtor.com lists several single-family homes available for purchase. Among those are a two-bedroom, one bath home for only $69,500. There are also larger homes ranging in price from $105,000 for a three-bed two-bath home to $194,000 for a five-bedroom three-bath house for growing families. For those looking to make a larger investment and wanting to invest in the agriculture community, Rigby offers farm/ranch property for $749,000.
Once a family settles here, they will find the city offers a lot for the young and the young at heart. Every summer officials host bed racing down Main Street where four people push the bed while one person rides.
The city offers the Cedar Park Golf Course and Jefferson Hills Golf Course and Recreation Center. It puts on a rodeo every summer, and each Christmas holiday, the officials present a Christmas Tree festival.
The neighboring Mountain River Ranch offers year-round entertainment. In the summer months, it has horse-drawn wagon rides, a Wild West Shoot Out, and dinner theater. During the winter, the ranch offers horse-drawn sleigh rides and more dinner theater.
Heise Hot Springs generates naturally produced warm mineral water to soak in. A golf course, food, and camping are also provided at the facility.
Squealers Fun Park offers year-round entertainment. During the summer, the facility provides bumper boats, climbing walls and batting cages. In the winter months, it switches to ice skating.
It would appear, there is a lot to do in this small town where much greatness is generated.
“There's much to see and do in Rigby! Our picturesque Main Street and neighborhoods are surrounded by natural wonders and a thriving downtown commercial center,” says the city.