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The Cities and communities of Rich County, Utah*

Garden City






Round Valley


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Information & Facts about Rich County, Utah

Rich County Clerk

20 N Main St
Randolph, Utah
Phone: (435) 793-2415

County Courthouse
P.O. Box 218
Randolph, UT 84064-0218
(801) 793-2415
FAX: (801) 793-3122

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1990 - 1,725
2000 - 1,961

Size: 1,034 square miles of land area

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extreme northeast corner of Utah, about 18 miles wide and only 56 miles in length making it a long, narrow county.

Neighboring counties and areas include:
Franklin County, Idaho is to the northwest, Bear Lake County in Idaho to the north, Lincoln County, Wyoming to the northeast and Uinta County, Wyoming to the Southeast. Also to the southeast is Utah's Summit County. To the southwest is Morgan County and Weber County. Cache County is to the west.

Highest point in county - Swan Peak at 9,114 feet above sea level

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Rich County School District

P.O. Box 67
Randolph, UT 84064
Phone: 801-793-2135
Fax: 801-793-2136
Schools in district: 4
Students in district: 564

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Organizations & Groups

Bear River Association of Governments (BRAG)
Planning and development of the physical, economic, and human resources of Box Elder, Cache and Rich Counties, Utah.

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US GenWeb page for Rich County

Lineages genealogy page for Rich County

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Rich County was formed in 1864.
Rich County history page
Another history page for Rich County.

A favorite spot for trappers, the Bear River Valley was named by Michel Bourdon during the Donald Mackenzie Snake River expedition of 1818-19. Trapper Rendezvous were held at Bear Lakes south shore in 1827 and in 1828. The famous Oregon Trail also cut through the corner of Rich County. The first settler to live here was Thomas L. Smith, aka "Peg Leg." He operated a trading post and other businesses on the Bear River in the now, Dingle, Idaho area. Smith left the area in 1863. In August 1863, Charles C. Rich was called by Mormon president, Brigham Young to explore the area and to select a site for future settlement. The first settlement was North Twin Creek (later named Paris Creek) near current-day Paris, Idaho. Rich approached the local Bannock and Shoshone Indians to ask permission to settle in the area. Gradually other areas were built up including Round Valley in 1863 and Laketown in 1864. Kennedyville was also established in 1864 and later renamed Garden City. Woodruff was settled in 1865, with Randolph in 1870 and Argyle in 1875. The original name of the county was Richland County. It was formed from Green River County.

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Bear Lake - elevation 5,924 feet above sea level

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