Did You Know? 1902 Pocatello Land Rush

Arlen Walker on May 5, 2020 9:15:00 AM

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The start of the Pocatello land run at noon June 17, 1902.

On June 17th, 1902 Pocatello experienced a land rush like the famous Oklahoma land run of April 22, 1889. The Pocatello townsite, which had been established by an act of congress in 1889, was to be expanded by an agreement with the Shoshone and Bannock tribes on February 19, 1898, but it was not until President William McKinley signed a treaty purchase bill enacted by congress June 6, 1900, that a land distribution plan was possible. By this treaty purchase, 418,000 acres were opened to settlement that would add five miles to northern Pocatello.

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Did You Know? Portneuf Floods

Arlen Walker on Apr 7, 2020 9:00:00 AM

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The original Pocatello town plat was laid out east and west of the railroad tracks on the Portneuf River flood plain. Almost every spring since the city was founded, some portion of the valley along the river has flooded when there is an early thaw. Though notable floods occurred in the 1930s, 40s and 50s, the worst floods occurred in February of 1911 and February of 1962.

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Did You Know? Paradice Buildings

Arlen Walker on Mar 3, 2020 8:15:00 AM

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This late 1920s campus view shows the former LDS Institute (now the Dental Hygiene Bldg.) on the upper right. Left of it is Residence Hall (now a parking lot) on the corner of 8th and Terry.  On the far top left is Colonial Hall, by Paradice in 1925 (former dorm, now an office bldg.) Other buildings are, center left to right, Faris Hall (boys’ dorm) current location of Physical Science; the Beanery (cafeteria), replaced by Engineering; and the old Engineering bldg., (currently a parking lot). Next row, Swanson Hall, Baldwin Hall, and the original Reed Gym, (no longer standing). Bottom row, Frazier Hall, 1924, still in use, and the original Turner House (girls’ dorm), current location of Business Administration. Bottom right with the tall smoke stack, is the original campus heating plant.

Four buildings of five on the ISU campus designed by famous local architect Frank H. Paradice are still in use. They are Colonial Hall, the Administration building, Gravely Hall, and Reed Gym. Residence Hall was demolished for additional campus parking several years ago.

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Did You Know? Old Town Lodge Halls

Arlen Walker on Feb 4, 2020 9:05:00 AM

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Several buildings in Pocatello’s Old Town Neighborhood exist because of fraternal organizations and secret societies. Such organizations (Elks, Masons, Eagles, Moose, and many others) were popular during the late 1800s and well into the twentieth century.

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Did You Know? Railroad Houses

Arlen Walker on Jan 6, 2020 3:30:00 PM

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As the population increased in Pocatello due to the centralization of the railroad shops, the need for housing brought about an early use of prefabricated houses in the city. By 1890, the population had increased from about 200 people in 1888 to 500 people in 1889, then to 2,330 people in 1890.

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Did You Know? Center Street Underpass

Arlen Walker on Dec 2, 2019 10:45:00 AM

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More than a century ago, the Center Street underpass was an overpass and the Benton Street overpass later replaced an underpass between East and West Halliday.

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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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