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Did You Know? ISU's 'I' on Red Hill

Arlen Walker on Nov 5, 2019 9:15:00 AM

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The new “I”, above and to the left of the original location.

The iconic “I”, now once again on Red Hill after a 5-year absence, was not always an “I”. Actually, nothing was on Red Hill when ISU began as the Academy of Idaho in 1901.

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Did You Know? Pocatello High School

Arlen Walker on Oct 1, 2019 8:52:13 AM

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Pocatello High School has changed many times since the original section of the present building was constructed in 1892. That eight-room, sixty-four-foot square, rusticated stone structure, is the central part of the present main building on the 300 block of N. Arthur Avenue.

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Did You Know? Simplot Square

Arlen Walker on Sep 3, 2019 9:25:00 AM

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Bannock Hotel as planned in 1919

Simplot Square on the southwest corner of Center and Arthur in Old Town Pocatello was once the site of the Hotel Bannock, one of the tallest buildings in the city.

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Did You Know? Pocatello Streets

Arlen Walker on Aug 5, 2019 11:47:21 AM

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There is a history lesson in the streets of Pocatello.

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Did You Know? Pocatello Presidential Visits

Arlen Walker on Jul 2, 2019 9:12:00 AM

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Harry S. Truman in 1948


Did you know that several Presidents of the United States or presidential candidates visited Pocatello during the last century?

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Did You Know? Edgar Rice Burroughs

Arlen Walker on May 31, 2019 11:32:37 AM

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Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950), the creator of the Tarzan of the Apes series of novels that have been popular in movies, radio, comic books, and television since early in the twentieth century, once lived and worked in Pocatello, Idaho.

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Did You Know? Naval Ordinance Plant and Air Base

Arlen Walker on May 3, 2019 10:39:00 AM

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Pocatello made a significant contribution to the United States and Allied victory in World War Two. The Naval Ordinance Plant (NOP) and the Pocatello Air Base were established shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 which caused the United States entry into the war.

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Did You Know? ISU Arch

Arlen Walker on Apr 1, 2019 2:33:34 PM

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The ISU Arch was the entry to the first building on the ISU campus, known as the Academy of Idaho in 1902. The original building was expanded by a wing on the west end in 1905 and another on the east end in 1910.

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Did You Know? ISU's Red Hill Columns

Arlen Walker on Feb 25, 2019 12:54:36 PM

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The columns on Red Hill were the main features of the McHan Funeral Home (later McHan-Henderson) on South Arthur in old town for fifty years. The business, established in 1916, was demolished in 1966 when it relocated to N. 15th Avenue as Henderson (now Cornelison) Funeral Home.

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Did You Know? ISU's Vocational Arts Building

Arlen Walker on Feb 4, 2019 3:38:16 PM

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The Vocational Arts Building (VA), one of the oldest buildings at ISU, was originally named the Vocational Building and Hangar. It was constructed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) between 1936 and 1939 in a style now known as WPA Rustic (a combination of neo-classical and art deco architecture, strongly influenced by the American craftsman style).

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