A Strong Building, Stock Chevys and Railroad

A Strong Building, Stock Chevys and Railroad (HM1PJR)

Location: Montpelier, ID 83254 Bear Lake County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 19.063', W 111° 18.645'

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Montpelier Historic Downtown Walking Tour

Strong Building and Stock Chevrolet
This red brick building, note the brickwork circles, was built for Lish Strong by the Tueller brothers of Paris, Idaho. It became known as the Strong Building. Part of the upper level was also used for apartment. At one time, the post office was housed in the east wing of the Strong Building on the ground floor. Since that time, the east wing has been the home of restaurants, hair salons, a bar, and a leather craft store. A unique ramp on the back of the Strong Building was used to pull cars upstairs to be repaired.


The west end of this building was built by George Stock as a car dealership for Chevrolet and Oldsmobile. Originally, a UTOCO gas station occupied the corner of the block presently used as a car lot. In recent years, Tapper Motors has supplied the valley's General Motors needs.

Railroad
Beyond the downtown to the west, the railroad was an important part of the growth of Montpelier. In 1892, the railroad spurred the need of restaurants and hotels near the depot. The depot pictured was in use in 1929 and located on the south side of 11th Street and Washington. The town became the home terminal for the Union Pacific/Oregon Short Line trains, engine crews and was a subdivision until October 1972 when the terminal was moved to Pocatello. While many Bear Lake Valley residents still work of the railroad, the community does not rely on the railroad as it once did prior to 1972.
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HM NumberHM1PJR
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Marker Number8
Placed ByGreater Bear Lake Valley Chamber of Commerce, Montpelier Gem Community Team, Daughters of Utah Pioneers, The Bear Lake County Historical Society, USDA Rural Development Agency and Utah Power
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Date Added Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12T E 474392 N 4685099
Decimal Degrees42.31771667, -111.31075000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 19.063', W 111° 18.645'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 19' 3.78" N, 111° 18' 38.7" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)208
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1022 US-89, Montpelier ID 83254, US
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