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.
Shop, Dine & Play in Old Town Pocatello
Old Town Pocatello, Inc.
420 N Main St
Pocatello, ID 83204
Revive @ 5 Summer Concerts Every Wednesday All Summer!
The Bannock Civitan Club hosts the weekly Wedneday night concerts from 5-8pm at the Old Town Pavilion. Admission is free and all are welcome. Click here to see this year's line up!
Portneuf Valley Farmers Market Open Saturdays 9am to 1pm! The Market will be open on Saturdays from 9am to 1pm through the end of October.
July First Friday Art Walk, July 7! Old Town will be alive with crowds this Friday as we host the July 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.
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