Bancroft welcomes you!

Bancroft is a quiet community with approximately 390 residents. Our town lies in the midst of the Caribou Highlands, surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery and productive fields of grain and potatoes. We are proud of our town and want all who reside or visit here to feel of our warm country atmosphere.  

A few interesting facts about Bancroft:

  • Bancroft sits at an elevation of 5420 feet above sea level.

  • Bancroft is a railroad town and lies on the historic route of old Highway 30.

  • Bancroft was informally named after W. H. Bancroft the President and General Manager of the Oregon Short Line rail road company in 1892.

  • Official designation as Bancroft Village occurred on July 23rd 1898. Over time Bancroft was incorporated as a City on Feb. 18th, 1941.

The city sprang into existence when the railroad came into the area around 1882, Mormon Settler Parley P. Willey was contracted to supply timber for the rail ties. He relocated a saw mill from Chesterfield to Squaw Creek (now Bancroft). With the mill came employment, and men from all around came to Squaw Creek to work and over time the village grew to become Bancroft and into what exists today.




City of Bancroft, Idaho

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July 24th Celebration/Pioneer Days: Information and details can be found on the Bancroft Pioneer Days Facebook Page.
For information regarding:
Rodeo call Nicole 208-339-6475
Boothes call Kathy Berry 208-648-7353
Parade call Mark Priestley 208-648-7830
Scenes from around town: City Hall, sunrises and sunsets, fall color, the annual 24th of July Pioneer Day Celebration and the annual Christmas lighting of Teusher Square.


As of Monday, March 14, 2017


We have completed inspections, water quality

sampling, disinfection, and flushing to resolve
the contamination problem.
The inspection of the water system indicated
storm water
run off affecting a broken water pipe
that crosses Rail Road property by the old Rail Road
Well.  We will continue to chlorinate during
the spring run off and until the broken water line
can be repaired.

If you have shut off or not used fixtures, water
fountains, ice machines, soda machines, and/
or other equipment over the past several days,
flush the fixture or equipment until there is a
change in water temperature before putting it
back into service.
Feel free to contact the City Office with questions (208)648-7648. 

MR&E contacted the City Office and asked that we let the citizens know that garbage pick-up times are changing immediately.
The new pick-up time is between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Have your can out by 7:00 a.m.


The following seats are up for election: (1) Mayor (2) Council Seats for a 4-year term and (1) Council Seat for a 2-year term. 
Any qualified persons that are interested  in running for a Council or Mayor seat can pick up the forms at the City Office (95 S. Main)

BUDGET HEARING: August 21, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Please Note: Meeting Agendas can be reviewed prior to all meetings. Agendas are located at the U.S. Post office, City Hall, and Patterson's Gas'N'Go



Mayor and City Council

  • Mayor: William O. Lester
  • Council Members:
  • Cp, Rick Hatch
  • Cm, Kristine Wadsworth
  • Cm, Eric Christensen
  • Cm, Carrie Yost

Bancroft Park Photos