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. 

Shop, Dine & Play in Old Town Pocatello

Old Town Pocatello, Inc.

420 N Main St

Pocatello, ID 83204

208.232.7545

spalagi@oldtownpocatello.com

News

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February First Friday Art Walk     February 2!   Old Town will be alive with crowds on February 2nd as we host the February 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.

 

Valentine's Day

 February 14! 

Find the perfect gift to make your Valentine very happy this year in Old Town Pocatello.  Share the love and shop local!

 

Idaho Bridal Fair

 March 3!

The premier bridal show returns to Pocatello from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, March 3.  Bridal registration and vendor registration is now open.  Click here for details!

 

8th Annual Gate City Brewfest

 March 10!

It's time for the largest beer tasting event in our area!  Old Town is the place to be for Gate City Brewfest.  Buy your tickets today!  Click here for details and tickets!

 

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