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

First Friday Art Walk

  February 1!

The February First Friday Art Walk will be held in locations throughout Old Town on Friday February 1.  The festivities will begin at 5pm and will include local and regional art, live music, food, wine tasting and more.  Plan now to come stroll through Old Town and enjoy the charm of our monthly Art Walk!

 

Idaho's Antique Row "Lovin' Local Sweetheart Sale"

  February 9!

Plan to spend the day shopping along Idaho's Antique Row.  Each shop will have sweetheart deals for your Valentine and you will have a chance to win Downtown Dollars between 11am and 4pm!

 

First Friday Art Walk

  March 1!

The March First Friday Art Walk will be held in locations throughout Old Town on Friday March 1.  The festivities will begin at 5pm and will include local and regional art, live music, food, wine tasting and more.  Plan now to come stroll through Old Town and enjoy the charm of our monthly Art Walk!

 

Idaho Bridal Fair

  March 2!

Vendor Registration and Bride Registration is Now Open! Idaho Bridal Fair will return to Pocatello on Saturday, March 2. Beginning at 10am, the Red Lion Hotel Pocatello will showcase everything a bride and groom needs to plan the perfect wedding, honeymoon and future. From florists to jewelers, and from caterers to entertainment, local businesses will display their products and services designed to help orchestrate the day you will treasure forever. Click here for details and to register!

 

9th Annual Gate City Brewfest

  March 9!

Join us on Saturday, March 9, 2019 for the biggest, most unique "beerfest" anywhere!  From 1pm-6pm in 19 locations throughout Old Town sample 80+ beers, enjoy music, food and tons of fun!

It will be a golden beer celebration you've never seen before!  Click here to purchase your tickets in advance and save $5!

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