Over a century ago, pioneers first settled the land in Bancroft. They may have traded in their covered wagons for cars but the legacy remains the same.
“A lot of people settled this area,” said a woman from Bancroft. “My great grandfather did, my father did, my brother did.”
For 115 years, Bancroft has celebrated their pioneering heritage on the 24th of July. The 2010 census says the town has a population of 377 people. Today, there were probably that many people on every block of the parade route.
“It’s real good,” said a man from Bancroft. “We have a lot of reunions. For some reason your home town crowd like to always come back on the 24th and associate with one and other.”
Sure there were visitors from areas like Soda Springs and Pocatello but at its core this day is all about reflecting back on those who helped make this Idaho gem such a special place.
“We come out to see the horses and I come out to see when they trail those horses with no riders in memory of those who have passed on this year,” said a Bancroft resident.
This year there were two horses riding solo and while the entire town showed their respect, the next generation learned that Bancroft’s Pioneer Day festivities can be a lot of fun too.
“I like the candy,” said a young child.
“I like the horses,” said another child.
Also part of the festivities was the longest continuous rodeo in the Gem State. That rodeo began at 2:00 PM and was scheduled to end around 6:00 PM Wednesday evening.