Historic Downtown Pocatello
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Take a Stroll Through Historic Downtown Pocatello

From specialty shops to fine dining, Historic Downtown Pocatello is a magnet for people looking for a unique
experience. Clothing, antiques, housewares, sporting goods, art galleries and other stores make Downtown Pocatello
a destination for shoppers. Places to eat, serving everything from subs to fine international dishes, stand side-by-side
with bars, coffee shops and bakeries. For those who want to be pampered, there are day spas, beauty salons and
candy treats to ease the hustle-and-bustle of 21st century life. Banks, architects, lawyers, accountants, and doctors
round-out Downtown’s business community. All this amongst the beautiful historic buildings that speak of the past
and create the perfect ambience for a unique experience.


Take a stroll through Downtown and you will see beautiful window displays, one of a kind items, and local shop
keepers that will welcome you into their stores. Below are a couple of site-seeing, shopping and dining ideas we
think you will enjoy! This stroll begins and ends at the Downtown Pavilion, 420 N. Main St.

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Literary Pavers
Ghost Signs
Gate City Boxing Club
Pocatello Outdoor Art Gallery
Pocatello High School
The Marshall Public Library
Simplot Square
The Downtown Reach of the Portneuf Greenway
Dudunake Park
The Pocatello-Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce
The Union Pacific Railroad Depot
Station Square
"A Star is Born" Museum Exhibit
Oldest Wood Building
Center Street Underpass
Downtown Bark Park
Downtown East
Leadership Pocatello Park
Relight the Night
Literary Pavers

Literary Pavers

As you walk through Downtown, take time to read the "Literary Pavers" located in the sidewalks along the way. These pavers have been commissioned by the Pocatello Arts Council and feature poems, prose and writings by local writers and artists.

Ghost Signs

Ghost Signs

An example is the “Rolled Oats” sign across from the Downtown Pavilion. Ghost signs are a piece of the past. There is much discussion about how to preserve these pieces of art and advertising. Some believe sealing and leaving them as is would be the best approach. Others believe re-painting and bringing them back to their original color then sealing is best. Downtown Pocatello has ghost signs throughout our area. As you walk, how many can you count?
Gate City Boxing Club

Gate City Boxing Club

The historic Miller Building is currently home of Gate City Boxing Club. The facade of the building was the 2012 Operation Facelift project. A combined effort of 20 organizations and businesses including the Bannock Development Corp, Eastern Idaho Development Partners, the City of Pocatello, the Historic Preservation Commission, Historic Downtown Pocatello, Inc., and Myers Anderson Architects and over 500 volunteer hours brought a complete transformation for this building. The storefront was completely replaced, the building was painted and art was hung during an intensive 11 day project. Pocatello won the “Most Improved Community Award” for this year’s Operation Facelift Challenge.

Pocatello Outdoor Art Gallery

Pocatello's Only Outdoor Art Gallery

located on the corner of N. Main St. and W. Lander. The High Winds Gallery features large framed pieces by local artists. The pieces change quarterly with the seasons. The gallery was made possible by the Pocatello Arts Council, Stan & Sharon Gates, Doug & Kerry Harmon, Historic Downtown Pocatello, Inc. and our talented local art community.

Pocatello High School

Pocatello High School

The high school of course is a gem in the Downtown area. The original high school was built in 1892. Twenty-five years after a major fire in 1914, the building was rebuilt in 1939 as a W.P.A. effort. In 2004 the large gymnasium was built and the school was remodeled. In early 2022, the addition to enclose the area between the main school and gymnasium was unveiled. The multi-million dollar project includes new class rooms and commons area.


The gardens surrounding the school’s parking lot, on Arthur Ave., Main Street and Fremont Street, were planted in 2008 in a combined effort between the City of Pocatello, Historic Downtown Pocatello, Inc., Pocatello, School District #25, the Pocatello Tree Commission and the Ifft Foundation. The project included removing concrete walls, repairing sidewalks and creating walkways along with planting trees and a variety of plants. The interior parking lot areas along Lander Street include impervious pavers that serve as a drainage system. This was the first time the City of Pocatello had used this type of drainage system in a public parking lot and it serves as an example for future building and construction projects in our City.

The Marshall Public Library

The Marshall Public Library

home to two beautiful sculptures outside and a collection of paintings, sculptures and photographs inside. The sculpture at the front of the historic Carnegie Library section of today's modern library features "Liberty Through Imagination" which captures the experience children find inside the library. The sculpture was designed and built by Jason Brown, Joshua Sprague, Colin Warnock and Doug Warnock in 2003.


The rear entrance of the Library features a sculpture made of recycled guns collected by youth in our community and stands as a symbol against gun violence. The sculpture was created by collaboration between Dennis Proksa and the Pocatello Youth Forum in 1997.

Simplot Square

Simplot Square

the site of the now demolished Bannock Hotel, is home to "Frolicsome Fish." This stainless steel sculpture features flowing water during the warm months. The piece was created by sculptor Dennis Proksa and architect Bruce Poe.

The Downtown Reach of the Portneuf Greenway

The Downtown Reach of the Portneuf Greenway

features a marble engraving depicting pioneers and covered wagons by Kristene Thomas McCulloch. Included in the Reach is Pioneer Park which features a kinetic sculpture by Joshua Sprague. Across the street on the corner of W. Benton and S. Arthur, inside Ifft Trappers Park, stands turadot a public sculpture by Douglas Warnock. Constructed in 1997 of cast bronze, stone, water and light.

Dudunake Park

Dudunake Park

home to a 10' tall, two piece, working sun dial. "Passage of Time" was designed by artist Peggy Letterly Gunnerson and commissioned by the Pocatello Arts Council. This piece is listed on the North American Sundial Society’s directory of sundials in North America. It is one of five listed in the State of Idaho. The directory is available at www.sundials.org. This park serves as the Southern entrance to downtown Pocatello.

The Pocatello-Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce

The Pocatello-Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce

Historic Downtown Pocatello is home, and rightly so, to our Chamber of Commerce.

The Union Pacific Railroad Depot

The Union Pacific Railroad Depot

Still used by the Railroad today. Pocatello owes its foundation and much of its development to the railroad industry. With the construction of the Utah Northern route in 1878 and the OregonShort Line in 1882, Pocatello’s future as a north-south junction point became assured. Pocatello became known as “The Gate City” because of its early importance as a junction point and rail route through the mountains. While you are visiting the Union Pacific Railroad Depot, make sure to see one of only two still functioning Greyhound Bus Depot signs. If you visit at night you can see it "running".

Station Square

Station Square

The historic Fargo Department Store is today’s Station Square. Inside discover two restaurants, a variety of shops, co-working spaces, a salon and more!
"A Star is Born" Museum Exhibit

"A Star Is Born" Museum Exhibit

Opened September 7, 2012 - The Historic Princess Theater was open at 120 South Main Street, inside the Nicolette Hotel, and was featured in the classic musical, "A Star Is Born." Judy Garland sang about "being born in a trunk, in the Princess Theater, in Pocatello, Idaho." The building still stands today, as The Whitman. The area where the theater was open is still welcoming guests. Step inside the lobby and see the entire exhibit, including the trunk. The Bannock County Historical Society and Museum created and maintains this beautiful exhibit.

Oldest Wood Building

Oldest Wood Building

The oldest wood building in the city of course is located in Downtown Pocatello. See it at 326 W. Center St. The original Wade's Bakery Building is now home to Decadence Board Shoppe, a wonderful marriage of the past and present.

Center Street Underpass

Center Street Underpass

A work in progress! The Center Street Underpass includes North and South side pedestrian walkways, home to a number of murals created by local artists.

Downtown Bark Park

Downtown Bark Park

That's right, we have a dog park too, and it's Pocatello's first! The Downtown Bark Park is located behind the 100 block of North Union Pacific Avenue. For residents and visitors, this park was built by Bannock Bark Parks and the City of Pocatello in cooperation with Historic Downtown Pocatello, Inc. Fido gets to play Downtown too!

Downtown East

Downtown East

Restaurants, a retro arcade, home decor, pet lodging, and more can be found in the Downtown East District.

Leadership Pocatello Park

Leadership Pocatello Park

A building once stood here. Where buildings once stood, today you will find a parking lot or preferably a pocket-park. This small park is a beautiful access point from the free public parking lots along North Union Pacific Avenue to Main Street. Many thanks to Leadership Pocatello, the City of Pocatello, the City of Chubbuck and the Ifft Foundation for helping to make this park clean and beautiful again!

Relight the Night

Relight The Night

Historic Downtown Pocatello is home to a symbolic new initiative that blends several interestsHistoric Downtown Pocatello is home to a symbolic new initiative that blends several interests and passions together into one bright, shiny package dubbed "Relight the Night." Downtown Pocatello enjoys many glowing traditions including an awesome collection of vintage signs. These artistic lights of the night once rivaled those of any city. Some downtown signs are treasured and capably maintained by their property owners: Pocatello Electric, Key Bank, The Whitman, Molinelli’s Jewelers, Greyhound Bus Depot, for example. Others, for monetary reasons, change in ownership or other challenges, experience the misfortune of peeling, rusting, and languishing away--both in storage yards and on the buildings they grace but definitely not as in their glory days.

   

The Relight the Night Initiative has stopped much of the deterioration of these community icons--rescuing and restoring these landmarks--large and small--one by one to their former brilliance and glory as jewels of Pocatello's city center.       

   

The first sign to be saved was the Chief Theater Sign. The completely renovated sign now shines brightly on Main Street beginning at Dusk every evening. The sign is located across the street from Leadership Pocatello Park, on the200 block of North Main Street. This is the site of the original theater. The theater burned to the ground after an extensive remodeling project in March of 1993. Only two pieces of the theater were saved, the tile mosaic from the entrance to the theater and the historic neon sign. Both are now home and serve as a memorial to the Chief Theater.       

   

As of March 2022, 21 total signs have been renovated, some privately, some by Relight the Night and some through cooperative efforts of Relight the Night, the community, City of Pocatello and sign owners.       

Additional Ways to Experience Downtown

Restaurant Walk

for a unique dining experience we recommend sampling from several restaurants in one night. Choose a starting location for appetizers, then stroll down the street for your main course, and pick a third stop for dessert. On Friday and Saturday evenings, there is always live music to enjoy as well!

Gift Giving

for birthday gifts, anniversaries, special days and holidays, there are many unique and one-of-a-kind gifts to be found Downtown. When you purchase a gift in Historic Downtown Pocatello, you not only give a gift that's not like the other 100 items on the shelf, you also give back to the community. Our shop owners live here. They spend their money here. When you spend with them, you both keep that money in our local economy.

Take the Holiday Challenge

Make your holiday shopping list and do all of your shopping in Historic Downtown Pocatello. Experience for yourself shorter lines, less stress and pressure, personalized service second to
none, and people who really care about our community. Sounds like holiday shopping this year can be a pleasant and enjoyable experience!

Events Historic Downtown Pocatello is Famous For

First Friday Art Walk

the first Friday of every month from 5-8pm, all year long with participating locations throughout the Downtown area.

Gate City Brewfest

the second Saturday of March brewers from around the region converge Downtown for a day of sampling, live entertainment and great fun.

Portneuf Valley Farmers Market

every Saturday May through October from 9am to 1pm and every Wednesday June through August from 5-8pm at the Downtown Pavilion.

Bannock Civitan Revive @ 5 Wednesday Summer Concerts

the last Wednesday in May to the last
Wednesday in August a live band, great food and family fun at the Downtown Pavilion, 5-8pm.

Trick-or-Treat the Downtown Streets

Halloween afternoon from 3-5:30pm merchants open their doors and hand out treat to all the visiting children.

Christmas Night Lights Parade

the day after Thanksgiving, Historic Downtown Pocatello welcomes in the Holiday Season with the community’s only light parade beginning at 6:30pm.

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