Talk:Pocatello, Idaho

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Old railroadery[edit]

Anyone else heard of the phrase "Pocatello Yardmaster" ? I don't want to add it if it's minor trivia. 22:06, 7 November 2006 (UTC)

Historically, the Pocatello Yardmaster controls railroad traffic along a significant portion of the Union Pacific tracks running from Omaha, NE to Portland,OR and well as branches north and south to Salt Lake City, UT and Dillon, MT. Along with the Cheyenne Yardmaster, this has been a major hub for railroad traffic. For some time, however, the Union Pacific has been in the process of centralizing its traffic control. The size and importance of the Pocatello railroad yard has diminished over time as well, as many of its facilities have been moved elsewhere. Today the Union Pacific employs about one-tenth the numbers it did at its peak it the 1960's. GeoPopID (talk) 11:27, 23 March 2009 (UTC)


This sentence needs to be edited:

The area of the city along the Portneuf River was uninhabited for several years by the Shoshoni and Bannock peoples for several centuries before the arrival of Europeans into the area in the early 19th century. In 1834, Nathaniel Jarvis Wyeth, a U.S. fur trader, established Fort Hall as a trading post north of the present location of the city.

how long was Pocatello inhabited/uninhabited? I can infer the answer from the above, but I don't know if that's correct. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:29, 13 September 2007 (UTC)

Seems to me that the above question cannot be answered, because the period in question is pre-historic for this area. The Shoshoni, Bannock, and others were nomadic and could have camped in the locale at any time. It is safe to say, I believe, that no permanent residence or settlement as we would define it existed. However, an authority on native american anthropology would probably be better qualified than myself to make that claim. The reference to the Fort Hall trading post (located approximately 16 miles northwesterly of Pocatello) correctly establishes the first causian presence in the area. Pocatello was founded in 1882.[1] GeoPopID (talk) 12:08, 23 March 2009 (UTC)

Mormon college[edit]

Isn't there a Mormon college in Pocatello? Why isn't it listed? Unschool (talk) 23:15, 26 July 2008 (U there isn't a Mormon college in Pocatello...

What are you talking about, a mormon college??? I lived there over 25 years and i have never heard of it if there is...

You may be thinking of nearby Brigham Young University Idaho, formerly known as Ricks College, which is located in Rexburg, Idaho, about an hour and a half to the north.

The closest "mormon" college is BYU-Idaho (formerly, Ricks College) located 70 miles to the north in Rexburg, ID. There is an LDS institute located adjacent to the Idaho State University campus, which is a "mormon" seminary, if you will, where LDS members (mormons) can go to take classes related to their faith and participate in social events and other church-related activities. It is not a degree granting institution but intended "to compliment academic studies with a study of the gospel." (Most major universities and many smaller ones across the US and Canada have such a facility, particularly in the west.).[2] Their are also two other church buildings adjacent to the campus as well for the purpose of serving the large LDS student population at ISU. At the highschool level, released-time seminaries exist for LDS students of that age group at all three of the local highschools. GeoPopID (talk) 10:31, 23 March 2009 (UTC)

2010 Census[edit]

Idaho Falls is now larger than Pocatello according to the 2010 census —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:34, 3 May 2011 (UTC)


Any word on what "Chief Pocatello" was chief of? Sca (talk) 14:46, 3 May 2011 (UTC)

Yeah, he was a Shoshone chief. It's mentioned twice in the first hundred words or so of the article, and there is a link to his article too. GreenGlass(talk) 01:19, 4 May 2011 (UTC)
OH, uh ... oops! Duh. I was tired yesterday. Sca (talk) 14:43, 4 May 2011 (UTC)
PS: I read the Chief Pocatello article, and the one on the Bear River Massacre. Very interesting -- the story exhibits many tragic parallels with that of Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce. Sorry to have been so ignorant! Sca (talk) 14:52, 4 May 2011 (UTC)
No need for apologies! We all have those tired days. And I agree, he was certainly an interesting character in history. GreenGlass(talk) 02:59, 5 May 2011 (UTC)

Population Contradiction[edit]

The article states there a metro population of 90,656. Yet the entire population of Bannock County(according to the wiki page) is only 82,839. How is that possible? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:02, 29 June 2013 (UTC)

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  1. ^ Merle H. Wells, Ph.D., Professor of History, Boise College, Historian and Archivist, Idaho State Historical Society, in an article for the "Merit Students Encyclopedia," Vol. 20, Page 135, McMillan Educational Corp., New York, NY, 1979.
  2. ^ "The College Guide for Latter-day Saints", 2nd Printing, 1996, Legacy Communications, Atlanta, GA.