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

Election Date: November 2 ,2021
Notice of Candidate Filing Deadline
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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

See Announcements Page for More Information
Council Meetings- 2nd Monday of each month 

City Council

Mayor: Lucus Spencer 
Council Members:
Scott Hayden
Mickelle O'Brien
Joseph Perry
Rick Hatch

See Announcements Page for Park Reservations

Park Photos