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About Pocatello

Pocatello lies in the mouth of the valley of the Portneuf River where it flows out of the mountains of southeastern Idaho. To the north is the flat terrain of the Snake River Basin and on either sides are the foothills of the mountains, covered with grass and sagebrush, with trees growing on the higher slopes. The Portneuf River flows along the hills on the western side of town.

In the mid 1800s, thousands of travelers on the Oregon Trail passes through Pocatello. When the Utah and Northern Railroad was built, running from Utah up into Montana, a rest stop was built at Pocatello. In 1882 the Oregon Shortline Railroad connected to Pocatello and it became known as Pocatello Junction. It was also called the “Gateway to the Northwest,” as all travelers headed that way came through Pocatello.

Pocatello had been the territory of the Shoshone Indians led by Chief Pocatello. After years of resisting having their lands taken over by outsiders, they signed the Box Elder Treaty, which created the Fort Hall Indian Reservation, which still covers the ground to the north and west of Pocatello. In 1888, 1,840 acres were taken from the Fort Hall Reservation to create the City of Pocatello, which was officially incorporated in 1889.

Early Pocatello is reported to have been a rough and wild place with lots of smoke. It has grown to one of the largest towns in Idaho, and was in fact the largest for a while in 1962. Today it is a center of government, business and education, with the campus of Idaho State University (ISU) occupying the southwest corner of town.

Interstates 15 and 86 serve the Pocatello area. I-15 passes southward into Marsh Valley and northward toward Idaho Falls and other cities in the Snake River Basin. I-86 begins at an interchange with I-15 north of Pocatello and heads westward towards American Falls. U.S. Highway 91 passes through Pocatello, paralleling I-15 and U.S. Highway 30 briefly leaves the freeway to pass through Pocatello before rejoining I-86 heading westward.

The mountains surrounding Pocatello provide an opportunity for getting out of town for recreation, particularly Scout Mountain, directly to the south, and Mink Creek Canyon.

For More Information:
See the City of Pocatello website at www.pocatello.us and Wikipedia’s Pocatello article.

Street Index

4700 South Street
a road
a sidewalk
Allen Road
Apache Street
Arapahoe Street
Arthur Avenue
Avenue of the Cliffs
Bannock Highway
Barton Street
Bengal View Drive
Benton Street
Big Spring Drive
Carlile Street
Carter Street
Cedarhills Drive
Centennial Park Turnout
Cherokee Street
Cheyenne Street
Chinook Street
Cliffs Drive
Cliffs Way
Comanche Street
Country Club Drive
Cree Street
Crescent Drive
Darby Road
Dillon Avenue
Donrich Street
Dunn Street
Fifth Avenue
Fifth Street
First Avenue
Ford Road
Fore Road
Fourth Avenue
Fredregill Street
Fruitwood Lane
Garfield Street
Gateway Road
Gibson Jack Street
Golf Drive
Grant Avenue
Halliday Street
Harrison Avenue
Hawkweed Drive
Hayes Street
Hildreth Road
Humbolt Street
Idaho Street
Interstate 15
Jason Street
Johnnycreek Road
Johnson Avenue
Katsilometes Road
Kirkham Trailhead
Kurtwood Drive
Lawton Street
Leo Lane
Lincoln Avenue
Logan Street
Lovejoy Street
Lundburg Lane
Main Street
Mattwood Street
Mohawk Street
Mountain View Cemetery
Old Ranch Road
Olivia Street
Pebble Lane
Piedmont Road
Putnam Street
Roper Street
Samuel Street
Second Avenue
Shores Road
Shoshoni Trail
Stansbury Street
Sue Road
Sutter Street
Swisher Road
Tech Farm Street
Terry Street
Third Avenue
Vasilious Place
Walkabout Road
Whitman Street
Yakima Street

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