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The Future: Pocachub, Pocabuck, Chubpo or Chubatello
The boundaries of Pocatello have been enlarged gradually over the years, although they have reached a rather acrimonious limit at the border of what is now Chubbuck, an initially rural community that now blocks Pocatello's growth to the north and threatens Pocatello's place as Idaho's second city. Chubbuck politicians, in the best tradition of Idaho obstructionism, have refused to even discuss the possibility of the merger. The merger might occur when the present generation of politicians passes, sometime in the 21st century. Federal standards impose "rural" status on communities of less than 50,000. Without Chubbuck's population, Pocatello was, until 1996, classified as "rural," resulting in reduced Federal funding of various programs, to the detriment of Chubbuck as well as Pocatello.

(left) Archway of Swanson Hall on the ISU campus, (January, 1993). Note crows in the elm trees along the Ralph Wilson Memorial Tree Walk, most of these trees are now gone and the Physical Science Building addition, completed in 1996, stands to the right of the arch.

(top center) Pillars of learning on Red Hill, with Big Southern Butte in the background, view looks northwest, (June, 1992).

(center) McHan-Henderson Funeral Home, 1950s. The home stood west of South Arthur near West Lewis. The mortuary was torn down but the pillars can now be found on Red Hill, a gift of the Jack Henderson family. Some say the pillars are to mark the"Athens of the Intermountain West." Bannock County Historical Society Collection.

(right) Baldwin Hall immediately prior to demolition, (October,1992).