The Bingham County Historical Society (BCHS) will celebrate 30 years in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of Blackfoot's train depot and the 25th anniversary of the Blackfoot Potato Museum. The triple celebration, will be held on Friday at noon at Depot Park behind the old train depot/Idaho Potato Museum.
According to local historian Lois Bates, a group of area residents met in 1983 in the John Brown home (currently the Bingham County Historical Museum at 190 N. Shilling) to discuss the importance of preserving Bingham County's History.
"Our first elected president was LuDell Evans," said Bates. "Other locals that followed included Karoline Thomas, Leo Wallace, Marlene Reid, myself, Bill Farrar, Lyle Lambert, Lola Summers, Ruth Lords, Mary Morrison, Doug Malm, Vestle Wixom, Merlin Wright, Janet Alvarez and presently Marty Ellis."
The first 10 years of activities included a pioneer fair at the old courthouse, historical tours of local homes and securing histories of the area's communities and churches.
Other projects included publishing a book for the 1990 Centennial Celebration, a vintage fashion show, writing stories for the Bingham County edition of Echoes Magazine and moving record books from the old courthouse.
"We held a yellow ribbon parade to the top of the Ferry Butte to hear Heber Fackrell tell stories of the area and purchased a piece of early Bingham County History by buying a Union Pacific caboose," Bates added.
Bates said the Society has moved several times since that first meeting at the Brown House. The office has been in the basement of the old tabernacle (currently Hawker Funeral Home), then to the back of Mary Morrison's building and to 75 North Broadway (formerly Jay's Drug Store).
"Finally, three years ago we settled into the old Stanrod Bank building (3 NW Main St), over 100 years old," Bates said. "It was wonderful move."
"It will be a grand anniversary celebration on Friday. There will be speakers, entertainment, food and a special performance by the Blackfoot High School Broncadettes who will pay a tribute to Marilyn Monroe dressed in potato sacks," Bates exclaimed.
"The celebration is reminiscent of the one held there in 1913. One hundred years ago, the town was so excited for the new depot. People danced until midnight. We are hoping the county folk are as excited again to celebrate," she added.