A Treasured Past
Pocatello is a unique city, not only in the name it shares with no other, but because of its Downtown Historic District. This district is architecturally and historically significant and is one of the region's most diverse and well-preserved urban streetscapes. Founded in 1882 and named for a chief of the Shoshoni-Bannock Indian tribe, Pocatello began as a collection of boxcars and construction workers' tents on the Indian reservation where 40 acres had been set aside for the railroad. A special act of Congress on September 1, 1888, created the original town site and a temporary business district was developed.
Pocatello owes its foundation and much of its continued development to the railroad industry. With the construction of the Utah, Northern route in 1878 and the Oregon Short Line in 1882, Pocatello's future as a north-south junction point became assured. The appellation of "The Gate City" was acquired because of Pocatello's early importance as a junction point and rail route through the mountains.
The Old Town Historic District encompasses all or part of eighteen city blocks and is composed primarily of two and one-story commercial buildings. The primary building material throughout the
district is brick, although hand-hewn stone and terra cotta were also used. The predominant facade line on the top of many second floors is accentuated by sheet metal cornice. A variety of
architectural styles is represented in the district, including Gothic Revival, Romanesque Revival, Sullivanesque, and Art Deco, as well as many adaptations of early 20th century commercial styles
with classical details rendered in either sheet metal or terra cotta.
For more Pocatello history, see the online edition of Rocks, Rails & Trails.
The historic buildings in Old Town Pocatello are alive today with activity. With a collection of restaurants, shops, art galleries, and more, visitors to Old Town can experience our rich history with all of the conveniences of modern day living. Come see for yourself!
Shop, Dine & Play in Old Town Pocatello
Old Town Pocatello, Inc.
420 N Main St
Pocatello, ID 83204
Summer Music Fest
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!
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
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
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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