county is not yet twenty-five years old, it has seemed
desirable to collect her history, before the adventures
and legends of early days have been lost in the more
prosaic and pressing interests of today.
Probably no state in the union is less known than Idaho.
Wyoming has her "Buffalo Bill," Colorado her Pike's
Peak, Nevada her far, but ill-famed Reno; Utah her
famous Salt Lake; all known throughout the English
speaking world. But Idaho, rich in natural resources,
fertile and prosperous, has furnished no Wild West
tragedy like that of Custer in Wyoming, to attract the
attention of writers. She possesses no natural wonder to
rival the Niagara Falls or Grand Canyon; she has
produced no Kit Carson or Daniel Boone to fire the
adventurous blood of ten-year-olds.
Few people in the eastern states can accurately
locate Idaho. They know dimly that it is in the great
northwest, but whether it is hill or plain, mine or
ranch, they have forgotten along with much of the other
lore of early school days.
The history of Idaho, however, has already been
published by men whose long residence in the state and
experience in its public affairs eminently fitted them
for the task. It is our more bumble and less pretentious
pleasure to record the annals of our own county Bannock
than which no other in Idaho is more beautiful in
scenery, more romantic in history or more promising for
It is a pleasure to make grateful acknowledgment here of
the valuable and ready help so courteously given in the
compilation of this history by the heads of the various
United States departments at Washington, the officials
of the Oregon Short Line, the city and county officers
and the many private persons whose personal knowledge or
study of the early days of Bannock county made their
assistance indispensable. The list is too long to
reproduce, but in most instances the authority has been
cited in the text, although in several cases names have
been omitted at personal request.
Of course, what we call Bannock County today has existed
since the time of Adam. And so not to begin in the
middle of the story the first chapter is devoted to a
rapid sketch of the territory comprising Bannock County,
before the county was created.
The History of Bannock County
Idaho, By Arthur C. Saunders, Pocatello, Idaho. U. S.
A., The Tribune Company. Limited, 1915
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