Ritter Bros. Drug and the Roxy Theatre

Ritter Bros. Drug and the Roxy Theatre (HM1PIZ)

Location: Montpelier, ID 83254 Bear Lake County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 19.05', W 111° 18.486'

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Montpelier Historic Downtown Walking Tour

The streetscape of Montpelier has changed through the years. The early years of this Oregon Trail town began with only horse power including wagons and horseback. Streets were packed dirt with hitching posts. With the advent of the horseless carriage at the turn of the 19th century, Montpelier upgraded the downtown to embrace the popularity of the automotive age. Gone were the days of hitching posts and in their places were street lamps, sidewalks and curbs.

Ritter Bros. Drug Store
Built in 1902, the Ritter brothers Dug Store came to be as the Ritter Brothers moved their business from 4th Street to Washington Street. In 1937, the drug store became the J. M. Williams Mortuary. Some of the mortuary's most famous patrons included Gustafas Thanos and his partner who were killed in a shoot out just down the street at the Burgoyne Café. The mortuary's motto was "We do all
in our power to lighten your burden."

Roxy Movie Theatre
The Roxy Theatre was one of three movie houses in Montpelier during the 1930's - the Rich Theatre, the Gem Theatre and the Roxy Theatre. The Roxy operated during the late '30's and early 40's. Much to the dismay of hundreds of children who came to see the Saturday afternoon matinee the Roxy was destroyed by fire. The shell of the building was later remodeled and became Barrett Floral.

The building itself was torn down and the present building was constructed on the site in 1962 by First Security Bank. In 2001, First Security Bank merged with Wells Fargo Bank.
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HM NumberHM1PIZ
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Marker Number3
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 Monday, November 23rd, 2015 at 1:02pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12T E 474611 N 4685074
Decimal Degrees42.31750000, -111.30810000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 19.05', W 111° 18.486'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 19' 3" N, 111° 18' 29.16" W
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Area Code(s)208
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 801-899 US-89, Montpelier ID 83254, US
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