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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Scenes from around town: Sunrises and sunsets, fall color, city park, the annual 24th of July Pioneer Day Celebration and the annual lighting of Teusher Square.

Public Notice

A Maximum of fifteen (15) hens are allowed in the city limits. No roosters City Code: 5-3-1

Building Permits-Title 9 Section 9-2-3 (City Code)
Summary of Code:
Residents planning to build, repair, alter, improve, demolish, or move any structure within the city limits must obtain a building permit. Permits must be approved through the city council 
Coronavirus (COVID-19)
With the wide spread of COVID-19/Coronavirus the City is taking precautions to protect the health and safety of the community. We are monitoring national and local response efforts. 
We understand that everyone has their own idea of how to respond to COVID-19 however, we know that early containment, through social distancing and vigilant hygiene, is the best way we can protect ourselves and those  in our community that are vulnerable. 
To comply with state guidelines, we ask that residents continue to use the following payment options:
1.) Drop box-located on the south side of City Hall 
2.) Mail System-Payments to: City of Bancroft, P.O. Box 39,  Bancroft, Idaho, 83217
3.) Website:  (Go to the Make a Payment Tab on home page) 
Please* Do not flush items that will not disintegrate in the sewer system (wipes-paper towels-napkins) 
If you have questions or concerns contact the city office at: 208-648-7648 or email

Prevention Methods:
  • Social Distancing-6ft. (follow Governor Little's Statewide Stay-Healthy Idaho Order at :
  • Cover face in public places
  • Wash hand frequently & dry thoroughly
  • Discontinue travel, parties, or any mass type event
  • Call the SIPH call center with questions or concerns 208-234-5875 or go to:

Census  2020
Participation is safe, confidential, and critical in getting accurate population information and enhance community resources.
Each resident will receive a card in the mail Mid-March or April (Invitation to Participate Card)
Reporting is very important and can be done by mail, email, or phone. If no response is given a Census Taker will stop by your home.
The questionnaire is approx. 8 questions (household related)
Billions of federal dollars will be distributed among states and communities for the next decade using the data collected
Data collected will determine our state representation in Congress.

Parents please talk to your children about the city curfew and respecting the rights of others. Residents have complained about children and teenagers out late at night disturbing the peace. The children in Bancroft are wonderful but need supervision from parents.

Garbage Removal Services
The city is contracted with MR&E out of Soda Springs 
Thursday is garbage day unless a major holiday falls on that day. In that event pickup will be on Friday (the following day)
Cans need to be out by 8:00 a.m. and pulled back off the streets as soon as possible for snow removal
All repairs need to be reported to MR&E (per their request)

 Annual Lighting of Teuscher Square is the Monday following Thanksgiving 
  Supper 5:30 ~ 
Lighting of Square & Santa 6:00
Payment Options 
Debit or Credit Card, Checks, Cash, Money Orders, E-Checks, or Auto Pay (through your banking institution)
Payments can be made through this website on the payment tab

The fee is 3% plus $1.00 charged by the card companies
If setting up Auto-Pay through your bank, give them your city utility account number found on your monthly statements 
Set up auto pay according to mailing time (Mail goes to SLC and back) 

July 24th Pioneer Day Celebration
Parade 10:00 a.m.
Rodeo: 2:00 p.m.
Contact the following people for more information  
Parade-Mark Priestley 208-648-7830
Rodeo-Nicole McLain 208-339-6475 

Vendors-Kathie Berry 208-648-7353


Mayor and City Council

Mayor: Lucus Spencer 208-221-3839
Council Members:
Cm, Carrie Yost 208-547-7841
Cm, Mickelle O'Brien 208-580-5355
Cp, Scott Hayden 208-252-4435
Cm, Joseph Perry 208-221-4632

Bancroft Park Photos

Quarterly Financial Reports