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Fort Hall Replica

Fort Hall Replica, Pocatello IdahoFort Hall Replica is located in Pocatello Idaho, and is a replica of the original Fort Hall, which was considered to be one of the most important trading posts in the Snake River Valley during the early 1800s.

The Fort Hall Replica in Pocatello Idaho is a fascinating place to visit for those of you interested in Western history, and next to the Fort Hall Replica is a top-notch museum that is very much worth your time.


Built in 1834, Fort Hall was initially a fur trading post, as was many of the forts throughout the West.   Built by the inventor and businessman by the name of Nathaniel Jarvis Wyeth, Fort Hall was sold to the fur trading giant by the name of the Hudson Bay Company in 1837.  Once the area became officially a part of the United States Territory in 1846, Fort Hall became a valuable station for the emigrants heading for Oregon and California along both the Oregon Trail and California Trail in the 1850s.  

Approximately 280,000 emigrants passed through Fort Hall, which marked the spot where a long and tiring 500 mile stretch from the East ended. This initial 500 mile stretch included one main trail where near Fort Hall the trail diverged into the Oregon Trail and the California Trail.  This location where the trails diverged was a perfect resting area for the weary travelers before they headed further West, which made Fort Hall invaluable to these emigrants.


In the 1860s, Fort Hall became an important post for the freight lines, mail and overland stage that serviced the mining camps and towns throughout the mining frontier.  Because of this change in rolls, in 1870 a New Fort Hall was built which was located approximately 25 miles northeast of the original location.  The mail objective of the New Fort Hall was to protect the stagecoaches carrying mail and travelers heading to the Northwest.

Fort Hall Replica, Pocatello Idaho    Fort Hall Replica, Pocatello Idaho

Fort Hall Replica, Pocatello Idaho    Fort Hall Replica, Pocatello Idaho

Fort Hall Replica, Pocatello Idaho
Fort Hall Replica in Pocatello Idaho.

Considered to be the most valuable trading post in the Snake River Valley, Fort Hall was included withing the Treaty of 1867 involving the Fort Hall Indian Reservation.  With this treaty marked the end of both Fort Halls (new and old), and no buildings remain at either of the two sites.  In 1961, the site of Old Fort Hall was designated a National Historic Landmark, and the New Fort Hall site is now found on the National Register of Historic Places.

Fort Hall Replica, Pocatello Idaho
Fort Hall Replica in Pocatello Idaho.

Bannock County Historical Museum, Pocatello IdahoBannock County Historical Museum
The Bannock County Historical Museum is located right next to the Fort Hall Replica, and is an outstanding museum to visit while you're exploring Fort Hall.  

The Bannock County Historical Museum has exceptional exhibits, records and objects relating to the rich history of Bannock County, which includes Pocatello Idaho.

There are several themes throughout this top-notch museum, such as a medical practice, railroad, general store, ranching, farming, photography studio, local printing shop, military, firefighting and much much more.  You will be pleasantly surprised at just how high-quality the Bannock Country Historical Museum actually is, and we highly recommend that you spend some time enjoying it.


Bannock County Museum, Pocatello Idaho    Bannock County Museum, Pocatello Idaho

Bannock County Museum, Pocatello Idaho    Bannock County Museum, Pocatello Idaho


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