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.
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!
Historic Downtown Pocatello
420 N Main St
Pocatello, ID 83204
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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.
The Portneuf Valley Farmers Market is 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.
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.
End of Summer Bash
The Pocatello-Chubbuck Chiefs will host the End of Summer Bash from 5-8pm featuring the KYD-J Band. This will be the last Wednesday night concert of the summer at the Downtown Pavilion and is a fundraising event for their organization.
First Friday Art Walk
On Friday, October 1, 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!
Great Pumpkin Festival
Vendor registration for The Great Pumpkin Festival is now open! Don’t miss the opportunity to feature your business, products and services during this annual outdoor event scheduled for Saturday, October 2 from 9am to 2pm along Main Street. Click here for details and the registration form.
Haunted History Walking Tours
Fridays & Saturdays in October!
Our favorite paranormal investigators are back! SPIRO Paranormal and Historic Downtown Pocatello are pleased to present the 13th Annual Haunted History Walking Tours on October 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30th. Visit four haunted buildings in Historic Downtown Pocatello, not just walk by them, but go inside to learn more about the history of the building and experience for yourself the charm and haunts inside!
Tickets are now available!
On Friday, October 29th from 3-5:30pm, our merchants and businesses will have treats for all of the little ghosts and goblins! This is a daytime, safe, after school Halloween Trick-or-Treat event.
Christmas Night Lights Parade Entry Registation is Now Open!
Register your entry today for this year's Christmas Night Lights Parade presented by Lookout Credit Union on Friday, November 26th, 6:30pm. Click here for details.
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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