Section 5, Chapter 18 -Pocatello: The Gate City

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Chapter 18:
Early Pocatello: The Townsite and the Indian Reservation
Treaties and Enlargement of Pocatello
Reduction of Area of the Fort Hall Indian Reservation
Rapid Growth in the 1890's
Southwest is West; Southeast is South
The Legacy of No Urban Planning
Naming the Streets of Downtown
Dusty Streets and a City Divided
The Center Street Viaduct
Congregational Church
St. Joseph's Catholic Church
The Need for Water in a Semi-Desert City
Pocatello Portrait and the Water System
Droughts and Urban Conflict, 1900s Style
Establishment of a Public Water System
Water Meters and Annexation of Alameda
Public Water and Growth before World War I
The Fort Hall Canal
Frank Paradice
The Standrod House
The Carnegie Library
Hydroelectric Power
Floods in the Portneuf Valley
Pocatello: Idaho's Industrial City
Idaho State University
The Future: Pocachub, Pocabuck, Chubpo or Chubatello
Portneuf Greenway


The first hump yard on the Union Pacific System, south of Pocatello, opened 1947. Hump yards use gravity to send freight cars downhill and to sort them onto several possible tracks on which trains are made up. Scout Mountain is in the background. Bannock Highway and the channelized Portneuf River can be seen to the right (west) of the tracks, (May, 1990).



The Land Run of 1902
The Bannock Range