Pocatello: Kraft Plant

Warehouse owner hopes to put ghost story to rest

By Kurt Friedemann Journal Writer POCATELLO

In the years since it was abandoned, the Kraft House has become woven into local legend. Surrounded by a wood reminiscent of the The Blair Witch Project and solidly encased in local spook lore, the former Kraft Foods Inc. warehouse has become a place where adventure seekers test their mettle on Halloween night. The former factory and warehouse was built in 1924 by Kraft Foods. The three-story building operated as a plant until 1955, when Kraft production began to scale down. By 1967 the large foods producer had begun construction on a 450,000 square foot plant north of Pocatello and abandoned its old site along Kraft Road. After Kraft Foods left, the building stored everything from fruit to rail cars and even, some believe, ghosts. An Internet site recounts the most common tale related to the old building: In 1984 a girl was taken to the Kraft house after being drugged by a jealous man at a party. She was raped in a chair in the middle of a warehouse room and in the process the man’s gun went off, killing her. Ten years later at 3:59 a.m. 15 calls were made to 911 from phone lines in the warehouse. Operators reported hearing a woman cry please help me. When police arrived they found a chair in the middle of a warehouse room and and a bullet nearby The bullet from the original crime scene was never found and police will not confirm or deny if the bullet found was the one from the first crime scene. Pocatello Police and the Bannock County Sheriff’s Office both say the story is bogus. Bannock County Sheriff Lorin Nielsen said there have been reports of satanic rituals performed at the site or just general vandalism and trespassing, but that’s it. There may be some graffiti on the wall but there have been no reports of C.W. Kraft floating around, he said. Pocatello Police Lt. Brad Hunt agreed. There are always reports of things going on over there, he said. But usually it’s just kids trespassing. That’s the problem, says Leroy Bartu. Bartu is the current owner of the former Kraft warehouse and he says vandalism and trespassing are costing him money. Bartu owns and operates Idaho Rail Shop Inc. from the old warehouse. He and his small crew rejuvenate old rail cars there. It’s become such a nuisance that Bartu hired Rover to watch over the place. Rover is a Chow guard dog and very protective of his territory. Bartu said he diden’t want to be forced to take such action, but he’s tired of trespassers breaking fences, doors and ruining walls with graffiti. I don’t know what to say, he said. People have thought this place was haunted ever since my kids were little. It’s not haunted, it’s my business. Bartu tells a story of a time more than a year ago when he was touring the site in anticipation of buying the building and surrounding ground. The former owner spotted some kids jumping the fence to have a look at the run-down building. The owner was ready to cite the kids right there, Bartu said. But he convinced the man to let them go. That was a long time ago. Now Bartu himself has lost his patience and is ready to call the police each and every time he catches someone on his property without permission. I don’t want to cite anyone, he said. It’s just got so bad I’ve got nothing else I can do.
NOTE: The following story was posted with permission from the Idaho State Journal

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  • Mac

    Submited on: Wednesday 4th of January 2012 12:53:42 AM

    I don\'t think its haunted or anything but I heard from a friend that lives about a mile down the road that devil worshipers sacrifice animals in there and there are anlimal bones everywhere. >>
  • fragileboy

    Submited on: Tuesday 11th of October 2011 11:18:28 AM

    i have been in there before and it is so scary i saw a women in a white dress she fallowed me in to the woods so i don\'t know whats up with that and the big hole in the side of the building i went home with bruses and scratches all over my body >>
  • Luke

    Submited on: Monday 15th of August 2011 05:41:17 AM

    I've been to the Kraft house many many many times, and honestly its one of the SKETCHIEST places in Poky other than Pocatello Highschool, I have one pretty amazing story. A couple of friends and I all decided it was a good idea to get up as close as we c >>
  • Dillon

    Submited on: Thursday 7th of July 2011 01:19:21 AM

    I know an easy way to get to the kraft factory instead of jumping the fence i cant tell you on this cause i think that the owner of this place reads these commets if you want to know about this easy way in meet me at the end of the green way belt at that >>
  • natasha

    Submited on: Monday 27th of June 2011 02:52:59 AM

    I heard all kandia storys about that place. I went by it and I stop the car. and my friend said role all the windows up so I did and truned off the car... nothung happed so then she told me to put in N... so I did when were on the brige and she saod the c >>
  • TLyman

    Submited on: Thursday 31st of March 2011 07:02:58 PM

    Hey Dahlia, were you ever able to get out there yet? My brothers and I are thinking about heading that direction sometime soon, but we want to talk to the owners first, just so we can be legal about it. We don't necessarily need to go inside the building, >>
  • Dahlia(:

    Submited on: Sunday 27th of March 2011 12:26:40 AM

    I am determined to go investigate this place(: my curiousity is intensly over whelming.. I don\'t really want to go inside it, but I really just want to go there and see what I can find or experience. Email me if you want to go? pretty_rave_gurl@ymail.c >>
  • Brad

    Submited on: Tuesday 15th of March 2011 02:05:57 PM

    Thats the Kraft Factory! and nick i was there 3 days after you. its crazy as hell, what im intrested in is the kraft house thats down the road the olllllld creepy house! i go there TONS in that house is engines glore but sooo much history in that house if >>
  • Nick C

    Submited on: Thursday 10th of March 2011 04:23:30 PM

    i went in there with some friends after a football game and almost shit myself. i have never been in a more scary place. this is REAL. i seen an old mans face in the corner and he pointed at me and diiaperared >>
  • jamie

    Submited on: Thursday 10th of March 2011 01:21:22 AM

    horrible spelling nobody would fall for any of you. Go back to school and learn how to spell before you try to convince anyone. >>

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