Pocatello, Idaho, founded in 1889 is known as The Gate City due to its geographic location and is known as the Gateway to the Northwest.
As pioneers, gold miners and settlers traveled the Oregon Trail, they passed through the Portneuf Gap south of town. Stage and freight lines and the railroad soon followed, turning our community into a trade center and transportation junction. Pocatello is the home of Idaho State University and the manufacturing facility of ON Semiconductor, a supplier of semiconductors. Founded as an important stop on the first railroad in Idaho during the gold rush, the city later became an important center for agriculture. It is located along the Portneuf River where it emerges from the mountains onto the Snake River Plain, along the route of the Oregon Trail. Pocatello, Idaho is one of the great places in the U.S. to live in retirement and is a wonderful place to Live, Play, Work and Shop.