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Fort Hall Replica, Pocatello

(3/5 based on 35 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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  • This historic fort replica is very informative of life in the area 150 years ago! This is the way it was! Very well done and laid out nicely if you are a history buff ,then this is a place you don't w...  more »
  • Very cool replica, lots of area for the kids to run around and blow off steam and even learn something. Has a surprisingly nice Bannock County museum on the same property. The zoo butts up to the grou...  more »
  • Full Scale Replica of Fort Hall based upon archaeology and documents. Exhibits on both floors of log structures. Corner Lookouts are not open to public. See also the excellent History Museum next door...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Looked cool but sadly was closed starting on Labor Day, so we just looked through a chain link fence.
  • Cool replica of this important stop on the Oregon Trail. The museum and fort replica are $4 to enter both. Interesting history and stuff.