Potlatch is “Idaho’s Only Historic Company Town.” Developed by the Potlatch Lumber Company in 1905 to serve the largest white pine mill in the world, the planned community retains many of the historic buildings constructed during the era of big timber.
In its heyday, Potlatch Lumber Company also built the Washington, Idaho and Montana Railway, and drew its lifeblood from the vast timber operations reaching into Idaho’s backcountry. Despite the sawmill
closing in 1981, the Company Town maintains its interesting history through displays in the Scenic 6 Park and the Potlatch Public Library, photo galleries in Potlatch City Hall, and a developing heritage center in the 1906 Railroad Depot.
There are two walking tours of the town’s three historic districts, bed and breakfast accommodations at the historic Laird House, 22 RV slots, and RV dump station at the Scenic 6 Park.
Throughout the summer, Dale’s Saturday Market offers local produce, antiques and handmade items at Junction Lumber, located at the junction of Highways 95 and 6. During the second weekend of July, speeder rides and bluegrass music bring dozens to the restored Potlatch railroad depot for a day of ride-the-rails family fun. The Wooden Bat Baseball Tournament also takes place that weekend in the Scenic 6 Park.
Potlatch Day is the third weekend in July, and at Christmas time the park and steam locomotive are decked out in a festival of lights. On the second Saturday in December, the town holds its annual Lighted Christmas Parade and fireworks display. Potlatch offers small town charm and friendliness, and serves as the gateway to outdoor recreation in the nearby St. Joe National Forest.