A workshop on the history of the Snake River will be held starting at 8 a.m. on March 24-26 at the Pocatello Red Lion Hotel, 1555 Pocatello Creek Road. Technical sessions will be held Monday through Wednesday, with a one-day field trip to the northern edge of the Lake Bonneville Basin March 25. The workshop […]
By Bill Ryan For quite a spell there, I rushed home from school each day to hear “Hop Harrigan, America’s Ace of the Airways.” My radio had to reach Salt Lake to pick up KUTA (570 kc), which carried programs of the brand new Blue Network. When NBC was forced to divest one of its […]
This article was originally published in a special centennial edition of the Idaho State Journal in 1990. By Mary Ellen Peck Special to Centennial Leaving its reservoir at a sedate drop of five feet per mile, the Portneuf River’s pace accelerates through Lava Hot Springs to a brisk twenty-three feet. The river slowed again as […]
This article was originally published in a special centennial edition of the Idaho State Journal in 1990. By Judy Probart On Jan. 20, 1962, there were three inches of snow on the ground in Pocatello, and just a few inches more or less throughout Southeast Idaho. When the snow started falling that day, people were […]
The text written on the back of this photo reads “Montpelier.” The date the photo was taken is unknown.
This article originally appeared in the Pocatello Landmarks of our First Century special edition that was printed on June 21, 1982. Electricity came to Pocatello in 1890 with the installation of a small 20-kilowatt generator, operated by a steam generator purchased from the Oregon Short Line railroad shops. R.W. Purdum, who built this small plant, […]
By SVEN BERG Idaho Statesman BOISE, Idaho (AP) — It took 11 days and a several-hundred-mile stagecoach trip to deliver the news to Boise that Abraham Lincoln was dead. That was warp speed in those days. There was no telegraph in Boise. News from the East usually arrived almost three weeks after it happened, said […]
By Bill Ryan It just doesn’t seem possible that it was 50 years ago this month that a warm “Chinook” wind blew into Eastern Idaho, causing millions of dollars damage and changing the Portneuf River forever. Conditions in February, 1962 found a heavy snowpack in the hills, frozen ground after a cold spell, and rising […]
By Bill Ryan P.C. O’Malley was a pioneer Pocatello lawyer who didn’t make many big waves, but was a character. In his later years, P.C. worked as a jailor in the old Court House, which had outside metal steps climbing its east side. P.C. was also my Godfather. I was 20 or 21, around 1950, […]
This aerial photo of Pocatello was taken in 2010. These two aerial photos of Pocatello were taken in 1950.