Paris, Idaho

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Paris is a rural city located on the western side of the Bear Lake Valley in Bear Lake County, Idaho, United States. Its population was 576 at the 2000 census. The county seat of Bear Lake County, it was settled on September 26, 1863 by pioneer settlers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Paris was settled by a group of dedicated Mormons led by Charles C Rich. During early years, pioneers suffered difficulties with the harsh cold climate, however their determination and faith kept them from leaving the area.

Paris sports an impressive landmark for a city of its size: the LDS Bear Lake Stake Tabernacle, a sandstone church built by the pioneers in 1889. It seats around 2000 people, nearly four times the population of the city.



Paris is located at 42°13′40″N 111°23′58″W / 42.22778°N 111.39944°W / 42.22778; -111.39944 (42.227699, -111.399373).[1] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.5 square miles (9.1 km²), of which, 3.5 square miles (9.0 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.85%) is water.

Paris lies in a high valley of the Rocky Mountains, at nearly 6000 feet in elevation. Due to the high elevation, cold winters, late springs and mild summers are the norm for Paris and the area. Most of the surrounding country is used for ranching.


Paris was founded by Mormon pioneers, under the direction of Charles C. Rich on September 29, 1863. The settlers in the initial group were John Pool, Charles & Ann Atkins, Cass Whittle, William Harris, Lewis Ricks, Thomas Sleight, John Bright, Thomas Mantle, Ebenezer Lander, J. Bowman, Alex Allen and Matthew Fifield.[2]


The Paris 4th of July Celebration is the big event of the year, a tradition that brings people from miles around. Starting off with the KVSI fun run (approx. 9 miles) from the KVSI radio station in Montpelier ending in Paris. The City of Paris chuckwagon breakfast is held at the finish line of the fun run. The Bear Lake Pageant is held at the Paris Tabernacle followed by a parade that runs through the city. The event concludes with a youth rodeo at the Paris rodeo grounds.

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