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 majority of the time the City of Bancroft water system does not require treatment of any kind. To maintain the cleanliness of the transmission pipes, distribution pipes, valves and components of the water system, treatments using chlorine will be conducted periodically. The water during treatment is completely safe to consume. We will do our best to keep treatments to as short a time as possible.

 During treatment chlorination levels are kept far below what most municipalities generally treat their water. Our water is treated at or under 0.09 parts chlorine per million parts water (or 9 parts chlorine per 100 million parts water). Most water systems requiring chlorination treat between 1.00 and 2.00 parts per million.

 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 (The local garbage collection co.) has contacted the city office to inform us that their driver will be picking up garbage earlier than usual. They are planning to be in the City limits by 8:00 a.m. and then head out to Chesterfield. They cannot give us an exact pickup time so we are recommending that you put your can out the night before or by 7:00 a.m.


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