Bannock County Historical Society to meet Nov. 20, feature special presenter

November 14, 2018 GMT

POCATELLO - The Bannock County Historical Society’s featured presenter at this month’s business meeting will be Derk Mitton.

Mr. Mitton was born and raised in Pocatello and graduated from Highland High School in 1983. He then attended Idaho State University, earning a BA in history in 1994, and has been employed as a high school teacher in Pocatello for over 20 years.

His interest in the N.O.P. was piqued after taking a class from Dr. Merwin Swanson at ISU.

Dr. Swanson taught his students about the impact WWII had on Pocatello, including the military’s decision to build the N.O.P. here. Prior to this class Mr. Mitton had been unaware of the driving forces that led to the construction of those buildings. He had always known them as the Bucyrus Erie plant, and now realized there was quite a story there to tell. He began looking into the construction and operation of the plant, and ultimately decided that he would like to focus his senior history thesis on the N.O.P. The focus of that thesis had to be grounded in a specific historical question, so he settled on researching the decision to close the plant and effect the closure had on the community.


Come learn more about how first the construction and later the decommission of this plant changed the fabric of Pocatello.

This event will be held in the Bannock County Historical Museum’s gallery (3000 Ave. of the Chiefs) on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m.

This presentation is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information call 208-233-0434, or e-mail bancohismus@gmail.com.