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Fort Hall Replica, Pocatello

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#23 of 28 in Museums in Idaho
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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  • August 14, 2017
    It is not a long tour to walk yourself but I found it interesting and very well done. The gentleman that works there was more than willing to tour us through if we asked.  more »
  • July 15, 2017
    The kids loved playing in the fort and could have stayed for hours more. It was a great look into the past!  more »
  • July 15, 2017
    Not being familiar with Idaho my husband and I visited the Bannock County Historical Museum which includes the replica of old Fort Hall. Initially we had thought it to be a military fort and learned t...  more »
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  • June 10, 2017
    Great for anyone or any ages. Perfect for families. It is fun and informative. You can stroll through on your own or take the tour. There is a video available for viewing
  • June 29, 2017
    Passed by without stopping many times over the years. Worth the stop. Museum is the most interesting part with history and artifacts of Pocatello.
  • August 4, 2016
    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.
  • September 16, 2016
    Looked cool but sadly was closed starting on Labor Day, so we just looked through a chain link fence.
  • July 17, 2016
    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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