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 Notices

2020 Census
Participation is safe, confidential, and critical in order to get accurate information for each household and ensure community resources
In Mid-March each home should receive an invitation to participate card 
Reporting can be done online, by mail, phone, or in person door census takers.  The questionnaire will be 8 questions (household related) 
Identifying a Census taker: Each Census Taker/Enumerator can be identified by:
1.) A Badge that says "United States Census Bureau"
2.) An I.D. Card that reads "U.S. Department of Commerce-Bureau of Census
3.) A black Bag (optional for Census Taker to carry) that reads "United States Census Bureau with blue lettering placed in a white bar
4.) To check the identify of the Census Takers or Report Fraud Call 1-800-923-9282 
Billions of federal dollars will be distributed among states and communities for the next decade using the data collected
Data collected will also determine our state representation in Congress.
To apply for a job as a Census Taker go to: or call 1-855-562-2020

For Sale
1975 International Garbage Truck-Runs but needs mechanical work-Make Offer

Garbage Removal Services
The city is contracted with MR&E for garbage removal  
Thursday is garbage day. In the event that a holiday falls on Thursday garbage day is on Friday (Following Day) 
Please pull your can off the road as soon as possibly for snow removal. 
Contact the city office for minor trash can repairs (208)648-7648
Parents please talk to your children about 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. 

Lighting of Teuscher Square is always the Monday following Thanksgiving
5:30  Supper

6:00  Lighting of Square & Santa Claus

Payment Options Include
1.) Debit/Credit Cards  
.) Check
3.) Cash 
4.) Auto Pay through your bank 
5.) E-Check 
6.) Money Orders

Debit and Credit Card Payments
Debit and Credit Card payments are accepted in person or through the city website. 
To make website payments: Go to the Payment Tab on the Home Page and follow the prompts
The fee for using a card is 3% plus $1.00 charged by the card companies (None of these fees go to the city)
Many residents have set up Auto-Pay at their banking institution and enjoy this method of payment

If setting up Auto-Pay please give them your city utility account number found on your monthly statement 
Auto-Payments take time to circulate through the mail system after being prepared at your bank. Set up payments accordingly   

Garbage Pick-up day for Bancroft is Thursday
UNLESS a major holiday falls on Thursday then garbage will be picked up on Friday (the following day)
MR&E have asked that residents have their cans out by 8:00 a.m. 
Pick up time will vary depending on drivers and route changes 
For broken lids and wheels contact the city at (208)648-7648
If maintenance workers have the parts on hand they will fix minor repairs.
All other repairs will need to go through MR&E at (208)547-4082

July 24th-Bancroft Pioneer Day Celebration 
Parade  10:00 am
Rodeo  2:00 pm

Fore more information contact the following people or go to Bancroft Pioneer Days Celebration Facebook Page 
Parade: Mark Priestley 208-648-7830
Rodeo: Nicole McLain 208-339-6475 

Vendors: Kathie Berry 208-648-7353


As of May 2018 Council Meetings start at 7pm

Mayor and City Council

Mayor: Lucus H. Spencer 
Council Members:
Cm, Carrie Yost
Cm, Mickelle O'Brien
Cm, Scott Hayden
Cp, Rick Hatch (Vacant Seat)

Bancroft Park Photos

Quarterly Financial Reports