Historical Guide

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.

Alive Today

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

208.232.7545

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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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