Charles C. Rich Memorial Hike and Dinner
In the Footsteps of Faith
April 12, 2014

  • April 12, 2014
  • 12 mile hike from Paris to Franklin
  • Dinner at 5:00 PM at Franklin LDS Stake Center. 
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     After being called by President Brigham Young to lead the settlement of the Bear Lake Valley, Charles C. Rich moved his family to the newly created town of Paris, Idaho in 1864.  Early settlers faced daunting challenges.  One challenge was isolation.  Good roads in and out of Bear Lake Valley had not yet been built, and the roads that had been built were blocked by snow for much of the winter.  As a result, the newly established communities in Bear Lake Valley had a difficult time getting communication, mail, and needed supplies from the “outside world” during the winter. 

     Charles C. Rich had duties as a member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles that required that he travel to Salt Lake City.  It was important to him to be in attendance for General Conference, which was held in April and October each year.  He was determined to fulfill his obligations, even though it meant that he had to walk over the mountains from Paris to Franklin, Idaho on snowshoes, or back the other way on the return trip.  This was a distance of approximately 30 miles.  From Franklin he could catch a train or have good roads to get to Salt Lake.  The path he used was also used to bring the mail in and out, and had previously been used by generations of Shoshone Indians.  He made the trip over the mountains more than 13 times, starting in his mid fifties.

     For his descendants, the story of these hikes has been passed down from generation to generation as an example of faith and sacrifice. 

     To honor the dedication and devotion of Charles C. Rich and other Bear Lake Valley pioneers, and to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Rich family’s move to Bear Lake, the Charles C. Rich Family Association has been pleased to sponsor the Charles C. Rich Memorial Hike and Dinner.  This event was heldApril 12, 2014.  The day began at 9:00 AM with a devotional at the Paris Tabernacle.  Transportation was arranged to the beginning of the hike, which started part way up Paris canyon at the Paris ice caves.  The hike was approximately 12 miles, and took about 5 hours.  It ended at the Aspen Ridge Scout Camp in Cub River Canyon.  Those not hiking gathered at the Franklin, Idaho LDS Stake Center about 4:00 PM to visit and welcomed the hikers when they arrived. A wonderful hot dutch oven dinner was served and there was a short program.  A commemorative medallion has been commissioned to celebrate this event.