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Pocatello is in Bannock County and is the county seat. It lies along I-15 on the Portneuf River. Fort Hall Indian Reservation is north and west of Pocatello.
The city was founded as a railroad center in 1882 and is named for a Bannock Native American leader. It was incorporated in 1893.
Rumor has it that Edgar Rice Burroughs started writing "Tarzan of the Apes" while running a stationery store here. The lion's share of the city's industrial growth commenced in the 1940s.
Today Pocatello, population 51,466, is the state's second largest city and southeast Idaho's premier transportation, commercial and cultural center. Attractions include a railroad display at Ross Park, which includes two locomotives and a historic caboose. The city boasts 31 other parks, a museum of natural history and the Fort Hall Replica. American Falls Reservoir and other outdoor-recreation spots are nearby. Idaho State University is at Pocatello.
Restaurants, Cafes, Delis, Bakeries El Ranchero Mexican Restaurant | Portneuf Medical Center |
History Bannock County Historical Museum | Standrod House |
Motels, Hotels and Resorts Quality Inn Pocatello Park Hotel |
Residential and Commercial Real Estate Clark Real Estate | Pam Maguire, REALTOR | The Brokerage |
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04/12 Coming to The area
Sun Valley Wellness Festival Ketchum ID May23-27 The Sun Valley Wellness Festival is an annual gathering of the top speakers and practitioners of mind-body-spirit and environmental wellness. Presented by the Sun Valley Wellness Institute, our mission is to inspire positive change.
Annual Port-Neuf Muzzleloaders Mountain Man Rendezvous Pocatello ID May31-June2 Enjoy the black powder rifle and pistol shoots, the trailwalks, our knife and hawks throws, the cannons, and the primitive archery shoot. The music at the campfire at the end of the day. Visit the traders of the 1840’s. They are all in canvas of the period as are the Mountain Men and Women of the Primitive Camps. See how they lived and worked daily.
Intermountain Equifest Pocatello ID June20-23 We will have trail riding competition, extreme cowboy race, posse drill presentation, grand entry, horse show, barrel racing, pole bending, bucket races, flag races, and kids games. Horseback and on foot.
Malad Valley Welsh Festival Malad City ID June28-July1 Today, Malad Valley has the largest per capita concentration of people of Welsh ancestry outside the country of Wales itself. For that reason, many residents of the Valley wanted to reestablish their Welsh roots. In 2005, after a 90 year break, this annual cultural event, now called the Malad Valley Welsh Festival, once again became a reality.
Shoshone-Bannock Festival/Powwow Ketchum ID August9-11 This three-day outdoor exhibition of 130 artists from around the country features a wide range of unique handmade fine arts and crafts including painting, photography, fiber, ceramic, metal, jewelry and woodwork.
Eastern Idaho State Fair Blackfoot ID August31-September7 The Eastern Idaho State Fair in Blackfoot begins Labor Day and features horse racing, demolition derby, rodeo, and top name stars along with the excitement of the midway rides and wide range of food booths.
The fair has all the traditional elements of an agricultural fair, including exhibits and 4-H competition.