Paris, Idaho

Bear Lake Stake Tabernacle in Paris, Idaho
The Bear Lake Stake Tabernacle in Paris

Paris was settled in 1863 by a group of Mormon pioneers led by LDS Apostle Charles C. Rich, who settled down in Paris and died there 10 years later. The pioneers chose a place on the western side of Bear River Valley, up the hill on dry land above Dingle Swamp. The first few years were very hard because the higher altitude and north-south valley orientation meant colder winters and mild summers. Eventually, they got it figured out and the farming and cattle ranching turned out to be pretty good.

The largest building in town is the newly refurbished (2005-2006) Bear Lake Stake Tabernacle, built large enough to seat 4 times the present population of Paris. This impressive sandstone structure was built by the pioneers in 1889. Arthur Taylor built his house in Paris in 1890, and both constructions were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

US Highway 89 through Paris is part of the Oregon Trail-Bear Lake Scenic Byway.

Paris, Idaho
Fast Facts about Paris, Idaho
Paris, Bear Lake County, ID 83261
Founded: September 26, 1863
Elevation: 5,965'
Latitude: 42.2277°N
Longitude: 111.3994°W
Resident Racial Breakdown:
White Non-Hispanic: 97.0%
Hispanic: 3.0%
High School or Higher: 88.9%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 10.2%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 4.8%
2009 Estimates:
Population: 483
Males: 233
Females: 250
Median Resident Age: 38.2 Years
Estimated Median Household Income: $34,250
Estimated Median Home Value: $124,200
Population Density: 139 People per Square Mile
2011 Cost of Living Index for Paris: 84.0
Major Industries:
Chemicals, Forestry & Wood Products, Lodging & Food Services, Mining, Educational Services, Rail Transportation, Government, Waste Management Services
Unemployed (March 2011): 6.9%
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