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Montpelier in Bear Lake County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Rich Building and Theatre

Montpelier Historic Downtown Walking Tour

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2015
1. Rich Building and Theatre Marker
Inscription. Early Montpelier was well known for its pine trees placed down the center of Washington Street. As U.S. Highway 89 became more popular to the traveling public, the trees were finally cut down amid much discussion throughout the town.

Rich Building
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.

Rich Theatre
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 was located on the west side of the building. It was run by the Collipriest sisters. This business had a soda fountain, an ice cream parlor and glass shelves stocked with candy. People
Rich Building and Theatre Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2015
2. Rich Building and Theatre Marker
that attended the movies would often go there for treats before and or after the "show."
 
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.)
 
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.
 
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.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 24, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 184 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 24, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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