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 Downtown 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 Historic Downtown Pocatello are alive today with activity. With a collection of restaurants, shops, art galleries, and more, visitors to Downtown can experience our rich history with all of the conveniences of modern day living. Come see for yourself!

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Historic Downtown Pocatello

420 N Main St

Pocatello, ID 83204

208.232.7545

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News

Celebrate Maker's Month

During the month of June, Historic Downtown Pocatello will be celebrating Maker’s Month, a celebration of all things made by local hands.  Art, music, fashion and more!  We have a line up for the month and you are invited to join us!

 

Farmers Market 

Now Open!

The Portneuf Valley Farmers Market to open for another exciting season. The market will be open every Saturday at the Downtown Pavilion, 420 N. Main St., from 9am to 1pm through the end of October.

 

Crafter's Market

Now Open!

Be sure to stop by The Crafter's Market at Station Square. This indoor market is open on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm inside Station Square located at 200 S. Main. Discover unique and exciting locally crafted items with over 20 vendors each week.

 

Monday Food Truck Round Up!

Every Monday at the Downtown Pavilion enjoy a variety of food trucks serving a variety of yummy foods from 4pm to dark.

 

Revive @ 5 Wednesday Concerts Begin

  June 23!

The Bannock Civitan Club is excited to announce Revive @ 5 Weekly Wednesday Summer Concerts will begin on Wednesday, June 23.  The Eclectics will kick off the summer schedule playing from 5-8pm.  Be sure to come listen to great music, enjoy delicious food and cold beverages at the Downtown Pavilion!  Concerts will continue every Wednesday thru September 8, 5-8pm.

 

Art Fest & Mural Fest

  June 26!

Maker’s Month will culminate on June 26 with the first annual Art Fest & Mural Fest.  Locations throughout Downtown Pocatello will host artists finishing up their murals, musicians performing live inside and out, special art centered activities for families, and more from 9am to 3pm.  

 

First Friday Art Walk

  July 2!

On Friday,  July 2, you are invited to come Downtown and enjoy First Friday Art Walk.  The festivities will begin at 5pm and will include local and regional art, live music, food, fashion and more.  Plan now to come stroll through Downtown and enjoy the charm of our monthly Art Walk!  Admission is free and so is the parking

 

Independence Day Parade

 July 3rd!

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A live, in-person parade with floats and candy and tons of fun to celebrate the USA!  The parade will start moving at 9:30am and travel from the East side to the West side of Downtown via the Center Street Underpass.  The parade will end at the Concentrix parking lots on North Main Street.  Plan to stay after the parade to shop, grab some lunch and enjoy Historic Downtown Pocatello!

 

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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