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Fort Hall Replica, Pocatello

Categories: History Museums, Museums
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3.1/5 based on 25+ reviews on the web
Why A Replica of Old Fort Hall?

Pocatello and Southeast Idaho have a story to tell. It is a story of one of the most thrilling periods of American history, when a young nation fun of adventure and wanting new lands began the trek Westward, first in trickles, then in swarms, growing into the greatest [voluntary] migration that any nation had known. A story of the hardships and heroism, the sadness and the happiness, the anguish and success, the weak and the strong, a story of the will and determination to overcome all obstacles and conquer a vast wilderness. It is a story of the days of the Old Oregon Trail. The major factor in determining that the Oregon Trail came through this territory and also the main reason for maintaining it from its start to its crest and on to its ebb, was the small outpost on the banks of the Snake River, Fort Hall. Built in 1834 as a trading post by Nathaniel, Wyeth, it was to prove to be of benefit expansion of the nation. Allowed to wither and decay, with the last of its timbers hauled away in 1863 to help build a stage station, it is now but a memory. But this memory should be prodded anew into life and its story told. Each individual, whether his or her lot, owes homage or respect to an ancestor or forbearer. People feel a bondage that ties them to ancestry. Collectively, groups who feel that they are proud of the heritage that has been given to them, strive to show their appreciation. So it is up to us, who are reaping the benefits of some of the most dedicated, sincere and hardworking people who pioneered the Northwest, to retell their story and provide a monument to their memory.

Jack Alvord Idaho State Journal, 1962
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  • Great for toddlers. Even has a nice picnic area. Staff inside Fort was very informative and helpful. Great place for pictures too. Remember $4 admission helps community. It helps keep different things...  read more »
  • It was OK, nothing special. I have been to a few other forts and some were better. There was some history and exhibits to view in here but not a lot. Was in and out in about 30 minutes. You pay $4 to ...  read more »
  • It's kind of neat to see all of the artifacts they found that pertain to the Oregon Trail. This place doesn't seem to have a big budget. The displays reminded me of a High School project display case....  read more »
  • The fort hall replica is probably only worth the trip once if you've never been before. It has enough to see and do to keep you and kids busy for an hour or so. There is a nominal admission fee ($2-$4 depending on age). It's certainly unique enough to give it a shot, especially if you're not familiar with Idaho/Bannock history.
  • Cool replica of this important stop on the Oregon Trail. The museum and fort replica are $4 to enter both. Interesting history and stuff.
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