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The Pocatello Area

The Pocatello area was originally settled by the Shosoni and Bannock peoples; in the area that runs along the Portneuf river, until the arrival of Europeans in the 1800’s.  A trading post was established in 1834 by a fur trader named Nathanial Jarvis Wyeth.  It would become a vital stop on the Oregon Trail after Hudson’s Bay Company acquired the post.

In 1860, gold was discovered in Idaho, which drew herds of U.S. settlers to the area. The city of Pocatello is named after the Shoshoni chief who granted permission to build a railroad across the Fort Hall Indian Reservation, which sits west of Pocatello.  As a result, Pocatello played an important role during the gold rush as a stop on the first railroad in Idaho.  Ironically, the Pocatello chief after whom the city is named, believed the name had no meaning and preferred to be called Tondzaosha, which means buffalo robe.

Following the gold rush, Pocatello became a significant agricultural center; attracting permanent residents to the area in the profession of ranchers and farmers; a turning point that marks the beginning of residential and commercial development.

Pocatella was declared the U.S. Smile Capital, nearly 40 years after the 1948 passing of an unconventional ordinance that required anyone in Pocatello to smile.  A severe winter that brought down the city spirit is what prompted the unusual law and it was never repealed.

Hotel Services & Amenities

Enjoying falling to sleep in a soft cushiony pillowtop bed.  Connect your mobile devices to the free wireless Internet to stay on the grid while away from home.  42" high definition television sets are in each room to keep you amused.  The Bright Market lobby store is available if you get a late night craving or forget a basic travel essential.

Set the alarm clock to wake you bright and early.  A convenient single serve coffee maker is available to get you in motion. Get your workout in at the onsite fitness center where you'll find all you need for an effective workout.  Achieve the perfect style with the hair dryer, and leave wrinkle free with the iron, and ironing board.  Free local calls keep make it cheap to stay in touch with your contacts in the Pocatello area.  Don't leave without filling up with delicious food items from our Bright Side breakfast bar.

Attractions Near Pocatello

Being the home of Idaho State University, visitors here for school events or to see students will find us a convenient place to lodge during your stay.  Within a 5 mile drive, you'll find great attractions such as the Stephens Performing Arts Center, Fort Hall Replica, and the Museum of Clean.  The Pocatello Zoo and Ross Park Aquatic Complex are within 6 miles; an easy ride for the kids.  The Fort Hall Casino, si just 9.5 miles North.

Military visitors and personnel can enjoy a close location just 1.5 miles away.  There's are some great dining options within walking distance of the hotel including Sandpiper sea food restaurant, Applebees, and Perkins restaurant and bakery.  Within 3 miles you'll find Butter Burrs, Big Fott Pizza, Texas Roadhouse if you're in the mood for steak, and MacKenzie River Pizza, Grill & Pub.

Whether you're coming or going, the Pocatello Regional Airport is an easy 9 mile trip.  We invite you to be a guest at the La Quinta Inn & Suites Pocatello hotel if you're travel plans include visits to any of these attractions.