Place:Bear Lake, Idaho, United States

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NameBear Lake
Alt namesBear Lakesource: Getty Vocabulary Program
TypeCounty
Coordinates42.267°N 111.383°W
Located inIdaho, United States     (1875 - )
See alsoOneida, Idaho, United StatesParent county (source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990)
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Bear Lake County is a county in the U.S. state of Idaho. As of the 2010 Census the county had a population of 5,986. The county seat is Paris, and Montpelier is the largest city.

The county is named after Bear Lake, a large alpine lake at an elevation of above sea level. The northern half of the 20-mile-long (32 km) lake is in Idaho, the southern half in Utah. The county was established in 1875 in the Idaho Territory, fifteen years before statehood.

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History

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Peg-Leg Smith established and operated a trading post on the Oregon Trail from 1848-1850 near Dingle. The first settlement in the Bear Lake Valley was Paris, settled by Mormon pioneers led by Charles Rich on September 26, 1863. Thirty families comprised the original settlement. In the spring of 1864, Montpelier was settled on the other side of the valley on the Oregon Trail. Bear Lake County was established in 1875, and the railroad was extended through Montpelier in 1892.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1875 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1875 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1875 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1875 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1875 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1880 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1880 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1907 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1880 3,235
1890 6,057
1900 7,051
1910 7,729
1920 8,783
1930 7,872
1940 7,911
1950 6,834
1960 7,148
1970 5,801
1980 6,931
1990 6,084

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External links

www.bearlakecounty.info


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