Ririe, Idaho

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Ririe is a city in Bonneville and Jefferson counties (mostly Jefferson) in the eastern part of the U.S. state of Idaho. It is part of the Idaho Falls, Idaho Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 545 at the 2000 census.

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History

The city of Ririe was named for one its first homesteaders, David Ririe. A Utah resident, Ririe settled in the area in 1888, and began cultivating a small claim of land. In 1891, Joseph Lovell and his family settled on an adjoining area and began farming. That winter, however, Joseph died of illness, leaving his family alone and isolated. David Ririe helped the widowed family to establish their farm, and eventually married one of the Lovell daughters, Leah Ann. The families flourished in the area, and David eventually built a large stone home to house his large family, which stands today. As more residents settled in the area, the common need for schools and churches help foster a community. However, Ririe was truly established in 1914, when the railroad was routed through the city as a way to transport crops. The small community of Shelton was absorbed by Ririe, but several prominent buildings and sites continue to bear the previous name, such as the Shelton Cemetery.

A large fire during the early 1980s destroyed much of the southern half of the town, but since then, the Elementary School/High School complex, an athletic field and an LDS Stake Center have been built in the area. Since 2007, nearly a thousand acres (4 km²) have been annexed into the town, ostensibly in anticipation of future development.

Geography

Ririe is located at 43°37′48″N 111°46′23″W / 43.63°N 111.77306°W / 43.63; -111.77306 (43.629998, -111.773012).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.8 km²), all of it land.

Culture

Ririe and its surrounding area are largely dependent on a farming economy. The major crops grown in the area are wheat, barley, alfalfa, and potatoes. Many community residents either farm their own land or work in some aspect of farm support, including supplying farm equipment, coordinating crop buyers, etc. In addition to those who farm, many residents work at the Idaho National Laboratory (a.k.a. "the Site"), a regional division of the Department of Energy that focuses on nuclear energy and security technology. Others work in various occupations in the surrounding communities.

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