So Much To Learn & So Much History

Old Town Pocatello is the historic heart of Pocatello and the heart still beats strong! 

 

Judy Garland sang about it in a "Star Is Born."

It's mentioned in Sam Peckingpah's "Ride The High Country."

And Ken Maynard played dual roles in "The Pocatello Kid."

But, Pocatello wasn't invented by the movies.

Pocatello was the real West.

 

After all, the real Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid robbed their first bank not far from here.

 

A rough n' tumble railroad town, Pocatello began life at the corssroads of the Oregon and California Trails.  With its share of saloons, opium dens, houses of ill repute and a complex network of tunnels with underground escape routes, the town attracted more than a few colorful people.  Names like Hattie Dell, Colonel Steptoe, Dare Devel Dick and Montana Charlie frequently made news on the front page of The Pocatello Tribune, usually on the wrong side of the law. 

 

Pocatello also sported its fair-share of culture.  Many opera houses (including The Princess Theater where Judy Garland's character in "A Star Is Born" was "born in a trunk"), a substantial high school and by 1903, the beginnings of what would become Idaho State University.  Over the years, The Auditorium, The Lyric, The Center Street Orpheum, The Gem & Star, The Crown, The Rex and The Capitol opened to entertain the growing population.  Although none still exist as theaters, some of the buildings are still standing. 

 

Much of what was.....still is.  Look at the rooflines of many of the buildings along Main and Center Streets and you'll see dates:  1892, 1900, 1903, 1905.  You'll see names:  Franklin, Carlyle, Lewis and Sonnenklab.  And you'll see relics of social groups long gone and some still in existence:  WOW (Woodsmen of the World), and IOOF (Odd Fellows).  This City was built by folks who proudly left their mark on the buildings they constructed. 

 

These buildings still live.  Not as museums, or as a homage to the past; but as a working marriage of historic beauty and modern functionality. 

 

Come LEARN about Old Town Pocatello, our history, plans for the future, our buildings, the Business Improvement District and what we are working on. 

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Old Town Pocatello, Inc.

420 N Main St

Pocatello, ID 83204

208.232.7545

spalagi@oldtownpocatello.com

News

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Summer Music Fest

 July 21

Summer Music Fest is coming downtown!  Catch an afternoon of live music as bands play from 2-6pm at featured bars and restaurants.  Enjoy food and drink specials, vote for your favorite bands, win some great prizes! 

 

August First  

Friday Art Walk      August 3!   

Old Town will be alive with crowds on August 3, as we host the August First Friday Art Walk. Don't miss this opportunity to view and experience art by local artists as well as regional and national artists. The walk includes over twenty businesses, restaurants and galleries, some with art on display, some with the artist on hand and some providing a live demonstration. Refreshments are always available. You may also find live music along the way. All local residents and visitors are welcome. There is no charge to attend monthly Art Walks.

 

Downtown Days Neon Street Dance 

 Aug 4!

Old Town Pocatello is pleased to present the “1st Annual Downtown Days Neon Street Dance!” Mark your calendars and plan now to come out with your best neon and enjoy a night of music, dancing and food. DJ Adrian will be spinning a variety of tunes from 6-8pm and KIN will be performing on stage from 8-10pm. Local restaurants and bars will have special menu items and of course drink specials, too. East Center Street, just East of the Center Street Underpass is the place to be on Saturday, August 4. Festivities begin at 6pm!

 

Portneuf Valley Farmers Market

  Saturdays 9am    to 1pm!

The Portneuf Valley Farmers Market is open for the summer!  Enjoy local, fresh produce and more every Saturday from 9am to 1pm at the Old Town Pavilion!  And, every Wednesday from 5pm to 8pm May 23 through August 29 in conjunction with the Revive @ 5 Summer Concerts!

 

Revive @ 5 Summer Concerts       Wednesdays

 5-8pm!

The Bannock Civitan Club is excited to once again host the Revive @ 5 Summer Concert Series. Please plan to join us at the Old Town Pavilion every Wednesday from 5-8pm all Summer long! The evening features free admission, a live band on stage each week, a different restaurant offering a dinner menu, the Wednesday Portneuf Valley Farmers Market, cold beverages, ice cream and tons of fun for the entire family! Click here to view this summer's schedule.

 

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