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 allowed

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 

With the wide spread of COVID-19/Coronavirus the City is taking precautions to protect the health and safety of the community. We will continue to follow 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 to 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 Distance-6ft. (follow Governor Little's Statewide Stay-Healthy Idaho Order at :
  • Cover face in public places
  • Wash hand frequently and sanitize often
  • Call the SIPH call center with questions or concerns 208-234-5875 or go to:

Parents please talk to your children about the city curfew and respecting the rights of others. Residents have complained about children and teenagers staying out on the streets late at night & disturbing the peace. 

Garbage Removal Service/MR&E
Thursday is pick up day for Bancroft
 If a holiday falls on a Thursday pick-up day will be the following day (Friday)
Cans should be out by 8:00 a.m.-Pick up times will vary
Pull trash cans off the road as soon as possible to prevent damages during snow removal season. 
Repairs: Contact MR&E at 208-547-4082

 Lighting of Teuscher Square
 This event is always the Monday following Thanksgiving Day
6:00 pm is Santa Claus & the Lighting of the Square
Due the Governors Guidelines there will NOT be supper this year (2020)
Santa Claus WILL BE COMING STILL at 6:00 pm
We apologize for this change and hope things will be back to the normal in 2021
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

Payment Options 
Payments are accepted using the following options:
Debit, Credit, Checks, Cash, Money Order, E-Check, or Auto Pay (Scheduled or 1 time payments via city website or through your banking institution. See the payment tab on this site to set up
The fee for using a credit or debit card 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 statement 
Set up auto payments according to mailing time (Mail goes to SLC and back) 

Council Meetings- 2nd Monday of each month 

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