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: City Hall, sunrises and sunsets, fall color, the annual 24th of July Pioneer Day Celebration and the annual Christmas lighting of Teusher Square.
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

Water Treatment Information

The City of Bancroft water system for the majority of the time does not require treatment of any kind. Treatments using chlorination from time to time will be conducted in order to maintain the cleanliness of the transmission pipes, distribution pipes, valves and components of the water system. Chlorination levels during treatment are far below what most municipalities generally treat their water at.  The water during treatment is completely safe to consume.  We will do our part to keep the treatments to as short a time as possible.  We are grateful for your patience and regret any inconvenience this might cause. If you have any questions please contact the City water operator - Gary Sievers at (208) 221-6858

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