Bannock County was established March 6, 1893 from part of Bingham County, with its county seat at Pocatello. Named for the Bannock Indians, the first inhabitants of the area, whose name was spelled Bannock by early settlers.
County Clerk: 624 E. Center; Room 211 Pocatello, ID 83201-6274 Phone: (208) 236-7334 Fax: (208) 236-7345
On March 11, 1901, Governor Frank W. Hunt signed Senate Bill 53 establishing the Academy of Idaho contingent upon private land donations being made for its site. In 1915 it became Idaho Technical Institute. In 1927 the school was renamed the University of Idaho - Southern Branch. Twenty years later it was renamed Idaho State College and became a four-year school for the first time. In 1963, the school was renamed for a fourth time to Idaho State University, reflecting its new status as a full four-year public university. Idaho State University (ISU) is among the fastest growing of the four academic institutions of higher education supported by the State of Idaho. About 12,000 students participate in 124 Baccalaureate, 50 Masters and nine Doctoral programs in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Pharmacy, Health-Related Professions, Education, Engineering and Business.
The mission of the Idaho Museum of Natural History is to acquire, preserve, study, interpret and display objects for research and education relating to the natural history of Idaho and the Northern Intermountain West. The Museum seeks to enhance an understanding of Idaho's natural and cultural history for the citizens of Idaho and visitors.
Location: The Fort Hall Replica is on the upper level of Ross Park, Pocatello, Idaho
History: A visit to the Fort Hall Replica is to enter the 19th Century world of explorers, trappers, fur traders, Native Americans, pioneers, Gold seekers, historic figures, and common folk; all of whom visited the place called Fort Hall on the banks of the Snake River in what is now Southeast Idaho. The roads to the Replica follow close to the Oregon and California Trails and other famous roads and byways.
The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes are located in Southeast Idaho eight miles north of Pocatello along Interstate 15. The Fort Hall Indian Reservation was established by the Fort Bridger Treaty of 1868 as a 1.8 million acre homeland for the Shoshone and Bannock Indian Tribes.
The Fort Hall Indian Reservation is an Indian reservation of the Shoshone and Bannock people in the U.S. state of Idaho. It is located in southeastern Idaho on the Snake River Plain north of Pocatello, and comprises land in four counties: Bingham, Power, Bannock, and Caribou counties. Founded in 1863, it is named for Fort Hall, a trading post that was an important stop along the Oregon Trail and California Trail in the middle 19th century. The Shoshone Bannock Indian Festival and All Indian Rodeo is the second weekend of August each year. Tribes from the United States and Canada gather for this four day celebration. The public is welcome and there is a small admission fee.
Near McCammon in the eastern part of the state, not far from several of the original rendezvous sites, the Portneuf Muzzleloaders stage an annual gathering. It's an event that has been taking place in various locations for more than thirty years.
According to Gordon Perry, president of the club, there are many attractions to these rendezvous: "I enjoy the connection with history. I like history and this gives you an opportunity, a great opportunity, to see what it was like for a short period of time. It's a great time for people to get together and let their hair down a little bit. Part of the fun of being in a club like this, besides shooting old firearms, is all the accruements that go with 'em — you got your buckskins and you got your teepees and your trapping goods and it's a family-type situation. It's a lot of fun."
Interesting Facts: Although thousands of immigrants passed through Idaho, the discovery of gold in 1860 is what attracted settlers in large numbers to Idaho. The gold rush brought a need for goods and services to many towns, and the Portneuf Valley, home of Pocatello, was the corridor initially used by stage and freight lines. The coming of the railroad provided further development of Idaho's mineral resources and "Pocatello junction" became an important transportation crossroads as the Union Pacific Railroad expanded its service.
Downata Hot Springs is a full-service hot springs resort south of Pocatello. During the summer, Downata offers a variety of activities for families including a large naturally heated pool, four large water slides, water playground, hot tub, driving range, lighted volleyball & basketball courts and picnic areas. Activities available include bird watching, hiking, mountain biking and ATV trails. Lodging choices include a a Ranch House for twelve guests, Campground with water power hookups, dry sites and tenting areas, Three Yurts, Three Tepees, and cabins coming in the fall of 2005. In off-peak seasons the Ranch House, Yurts, Pool and Hot Tub available for private parties, retreats, a getaways. Campground remains open until the end of October.
For years people have gathered at Lava Hot Springs to bathe, rest and worship. Many people believe that there are curative properties associated with the hot mineral water and refer to the Springs as "the healing waters" It is rumored that long ago the Springs were neutral ground and shared in peace by all.
Once part of the original Fort Hall reservation, the springs and land were part of a treaty agreement between the Indians and the US Government in the late 1800's. The federal government purchased the springs and land, (approximately 178 acres including the springs).
Pebble Creek- Celebrating 57 years of skiing excellence, Pebble Creek is a vertical playground that attracts extreme skiers but also offers plenty of terrain variety for other skill levels. Located just south of the City of Pocatello, in the Caribou National Forest, Pebble Creek boasts virtually non-existent lift lines. The 40 member PSIA/AASI Member Ski & Snowboard School offers a wide range of group programs as well as private lessons. Pebble Creek plays host to 1,100 skiable acres, 54 runs and an abundance of annual snowfall, providing enough playful terrain for beginners and those demanding an honest challenge. The rental shop carries high performance shaped skis and the lodge offers cafeteria-style dining and fresh home-baked treats. Renowned for its fun and friendly atmosphere Pebble Creek offers great winter fun at a great value!
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