(pōkӘtĕl'ō), city (1990 pop. 46,080), seat of Bannock co., SE Idaho, between mountains on the Portneuf River near its junction with the Snake (there dammed to form the American Falls Reservoir); inc. 1889. A railroad center since 1882, Pocatello is a major shipping and processing point for a livestock and farm area. It has an important mining industry (large phosphate deposits are nearby) and plants that manufacture electronic equipment, chemicals, and metal products. Tourism is significant; excellent skiing and water sport facilities are in the area. Pocatello is the seat of Idaho State Univ. and the headquarters for Caribou National Forest. Fort Hall reservation with its irrigation project is to the northwest; the site of Fort Hall (1834) is on the nearby Snake River.
You can’t go back to Pocatello. —Richard L. Neuberger, remark c. 1943-1944, quoted in Jonathan Daniels, Frontier on the...
City and administrative headquarters of Bingham County in southeastern Idaho, 39 km/24 mi northeast of Pocatello, on the Snake River at the Blackfoot
American Indian reservation in southeast Idaho; area 2,111 sq km/815 sq mi; population (2010) 5,800. It is located to the north and west of Pocatello