Montpelier in Bear Lake County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
Rich Building and Theatre
Montpelier Historic Downtown Walking Tour
This building was built for Joseph C. Rich, grandson of Charles C. Rich, the Mormon pioneer. The brick construction was done by the Tueller brothers - Jacob, Jacob Jr., John and Christian from Paris who learned their trade in Switzerland.
Joseph was the first manager of the Montpelier branch of the Studebaker Car Dealership with the main office being in Ogden, Utah. In 1914, he went independent and started the J.C. Rich Motor Company. He sold Pontiac, Chevrolet, and Cadillac automobiles. This was one of the oldest automobile agencies in the state of Idaho.
In 1923, Stanley Rich went into Partnership with his brother Joseph and started the Rich Theatre in this same building. He and his wife Kathryn operated the theatre for 56 years and then sold out to the Voller Theatre Circuit. The "Kozy Corner," an ice cream and soda establishment
Erected by Greater Bear Lake Valley Chamber of Commerce, Montpelier Gem Community Team, Daughters of Utah Pioneers, The Bear Lake County Historical Society, USDA Rural Development Agency and Utah Power. (Marker Number 4.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Entertainment • Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of Utah Pioneers series list.
Location. 42° 19.05′ N, 111° 18.46′ W. Marker is in Montpelier, Idaho, in Bear Lake County. Marker is on Washington Street (U.S. 89) near South 8th Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 819 Washington Street, Montpelier ID 83254, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ritter Bros. Drug and the Roxy Theatre (within shouting distance of this marker); Butch Cassidy Robs the Montpelier Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); Bank Robbers (within shouting distance of this marker); News Examiner (within shouting distance of this marker); Model T's, Odd Fellows and the News (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Second Bank of Montpelier (about 500 feet away); The Bank and The Burgoyne (about 500 feet away); Downtown Montpelier Historic Walking Tour (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montpelier.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 24, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 270 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 24, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.