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

Christmas Open House

  December 14!

Idaho’s Antique Row invites you to an Open House, where you can experience the sights and sounds of Christmas past and enjoy light refreshments as you explore each unique, locally-owned shop. Be sure to pick up a gift tag (one per family), have it stamped at each store, and leave it at your last stop in order to be eligible to win one of 5 gifts, donated by: Her Alibi Antiques, 211 S. 4th; Kanda’s, 410 S. Main; Old Town Mercantile, 134 N. Main; Vain & Vintage, 149 N. Main; and Elwen Cottage, 334 N. Main. You need not be present for the drawing, but 5 lucky winners will get to pick a wrapped gift from under the tree at Kanda’s, beginning at 7:30 pm Friday night. Get your free selfies with Santa from 3 to 7 pm at Kanda’s as well! Be sure to bring your camera!

 

Downtown Dollar Drop

 December 15!

The Old Town Pocatello elves will be out and about in our community on Saturday.  Beginning at 10am they will be distributing hundreds of "Downtown Dollars" to be spent at the participating shops and restaurants in Old Town.  It pays to shop small and we are helping you spend even more in our beautiful downtown!

 

First Friday Art Walk

  January 4!

The January First Friday Art Walk will be held in locations throughout Old Town on Friday  January 4.  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!

Get Social.

Connect with us on Facebook and keep up with all the events, exciting shopping opportunities and all the great food at our collection of ethnic restaurants.

Follow Old Town Pocatello on Instagram!