So Much To Learn & So Much History
Historic Downtown Pocatello is the heart of our community 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.
Historic Downtown Pocatello
420 N Main St
Pocatello, ID 83204
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Small Business Month
Shop Small and Support Local. Whether you choose to shop and dine in person, order a gift card on-line, pick up take out or curbside, the locally owned and operated businesses in our community would love your support. Keep your dollars local and help your neighbors have a bright holiday season.
First Friday Art Walk - Stroll & Shop
On Friday, December 4, many of our merchants will be open extended hours, until 8pm, for your shopping convenience. Stroll through the Downtown area and find the perfect gift for your loved ones. Shop Small! Shop Local! Share the love this Holiday Season!
Pictures With Santa!
Santa will be back Downtown on Friday, December 4 during First Friday Art Walk, from 5-8pm! He will be located inside the beautiful picture window at Kanda’s & Company, 159 S. Main. Stroll by for a photo. The mail box will be out for kids to drop in their letters to Santa.
In addition to Friday, Santa’s visits Downtown will include Saturday, December 12, Noon to 3pm, Saturday, December 19, 3-5pm and Wednesday, December 23, 2-5pm. On the 12th, Santa will be joined by several of his friends, also in windows. The Grinch will be located at Station Square. Ruddy The Reindeer will be at Poky Dot Boutique. And, Frosty will be at The Elwen Cottage.
Relight the Night Historic Neon Sign Project
Relight the Night is in the process of raising funds for our next neon sign restoration. To help make this next sign relighting possible click on the Donate Now button below. Thank you!
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