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About PocatelloOriginally part of the Fort Hall Indian Reservation, Pocatello is named for a 19th-century Shoshone chief who granted the Utah & Northern a right-of-way for a Salt Lake City-to-Butte railroad line. The subsequent arrival in 1882 of the Union Pacific Railway, which linked the Midwest and Pacific Northwest, spawned a makeshift community—a congregation of tents at the meeting of the two lines—that was first called Pocatello Junction.

Pocatello maintains its position as one of the region's leading industrial, distribution and transportation centers. Education also is a principal concern; Idaho State University, with more than 17,000 students, is one of the state's leading 4-year institutions. The school's state-of-the-art L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1002 Sam Nixon Ave., entertains lovers of music, dance and theater; phone (208) 282-3595.

The town is the northern terminus of an especially scenic section of I-15, which heads south into Utah. Just off Main Street visitors can see the exterior of the Union Pacific Depot, a three-story passenger station designed in the late 1800s. Train passengers of the era stayed overnight across the street at the historic Yellowstone Hotel.

Visitor Centers Visit Pocatello 324 S. Main Pocatello, ID 83204. Phone:(208)479-7659

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Idaho Museum of Natural History

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Pocatello, ID

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