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New Idaho State University exhibit highlights the significance of Southeast Idaho railroads

August 16, 2019

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POCATELLO – Idaho State University’s Eli M. Oboler Library will host the opening and reception of the exhibition “Exploring an Industrial State: Southeast Idaho Railroads, 1879-1963,” on Tuesday, Aug. 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Special Collections and Archives department located on the lower level of the library.

The event is free and open to the public.

Career Path Interns Kelsey Baguley and Crystal Larsen curated the exhibit, which features railroad workers, unions and operations. It highlights two prominent railroads in Southeast Idaho, the Union Pacific, and the Oregon Shortline. Both railroads contributed to the creation and maintenance of the railroad industry within Southeast Idaho.

The exhibit, which runs from Aug. 27 through May 31, features materials from various collections within Special Collections and Archives, and features maps, photographs, railroadpublications, and postcards. 

Special Collections and Archives at the Eli M. Oboler Library, Idaho State University acquires, preserves and makes accessible research materials that document the historical, cultural, and folk life experience of Southeast Idaho, the Intermountain West, and the history of Idaho State University.

For more information regarding this event, contact Ellen Ryan, head of Idaho State University Special Collections and Archives, by calling (208) 282-3608 or email her at ryanelle@isu.edu.


Idaho State University, a Carnegie-classified doctoral high research activity university and teaching institution founded in 1901, attracts students from around the world to its Idaho campuses. At the main campus in Pocatello, and at locations in Meridian, Idaho Falls and Twin Falls, ISU has nine Colleges, a Graduate School and a Division of Health Sciences that together offer more than 250 certificate and degree programs. More than 12,000 students attend ISU. Idaho State University is the state's designated lead institution in health professions.


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