St. Joseph's Catholic Church
Backstory and Context
When the church was built Pocatello was a thriving community. Thanks for the Union Pacific Railroad, the town became a major trade and transportation hub in the Northwest (for many years it was an important stopping point for settlers, gold miners, and pioneers who passed through the town on the Oregon Trail). Immigrants also came to Pocatello to find work and many of them were Catholics from southern Europe. St. Joseph's, no doubt, was built to serve this community. Another notable feature of the church is its historic organ, which was installed in 1915. Philanthropist Andrew Carnegie donated $1,000 to an Idaho Senator to help pay for it. It was restored in 2014.
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St. Joseph's Catholic Church. "Celebration recital Sunday for 100-year-old organ at St. Joseph's church." October 29, 2015. https://www.idahostatejournal.com/pocatello/celebration-recital-sunday-for--year-old-organ-at-st/article_005ca7f1-790f-51b7-9744-5e7493624831.html.