| Monuments |
| Butch Cassidy
Bear Lake valley is a land rich in culture and history ranging from
its pioneer ancestry to the influence of the railroad. So pull up a
chair, sit a spell, and check
out the links on the left to
find out more about Bear Lake valley's illustrious past! Examples of
history and culture include:
- Fur trappers and mountain
men gather together on the southern shores of Bear Lake to trade
supplies, furs and conversation. Rendezvous Beach between Garden
City and Laketown, Utah honors the memories of these sturdy early
visitors to the valley.
- Oregon/California Trail
emigrants rested at the Clover Creek Encampment in present-day Montpelier
after descending the difficult Big Hill. Scenes like these are re-created
at the National Oregon/California Trail Center in Montpelier, Idaho.
- After arriving in the
valley, the Mormons created townships reflecting their european roots
such as Bern and Geneva (Switzerland), Georgetown (England, although
named after Mormon leader George Q. Cannon) and St. Charles (England),
and Paris (France, although named after Brigham Young's friend Thoms
E. Perris who surveyed the town). Montpelier; however, was not named
after the town in France, but by Brigham Young after a town in his
native birth state of Vermont. He also named Bennington and Ovid
after similar towns in Vermont.
Historic Byway in the Southeast Idaho - Travel the trails of the early Mormon Pioneers.
- Take a road trip through
the Bear River Heritage Area that
straddles the Idaho-Utah border. It is home to a strong agricultural
economy, history-laced landscape, and abundant natural beauty. Retrace
the footsteps of early fur traders, Mormon settlers, and generations
of the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation.
- Butch Cassidy and his gang robbed the Bank
of Montpelier at 3:13 pm on August 13, 1896 after the 13th deposit
in the amount of $13.00, then raced out of town.
ADVENTURES: Pioneer style
living farm, wagon rides, handcart trek & entertainment,
dutch oven dinner, farm animals & camping, 2nd N. 220 West,
P.O. Box 275, Paris, ID 83261, (208) 945-3349 and (435) 713-4059.
||Bear Lake Convention
and Visitors Bureau
69 N. Paradise Parkway Bld. A, P.O. Box 471, Garden City, UT 84028
435-946-2197 | 1-800-448-2327 (BEAR) | Email