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Rich County

Rich County is named for the fertility of the Bear River Valley and was first named Richland until 1868, or for Charles C Rich, who was a Mormon apostle who started the settlement of Bear Lake.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Bear Lake County, Idaho

E – Lincoln County, Wyoming and Uinta County, Wyoming

S – Summit County

W – Morgan CountyWeber County and Cache County


Created:  January 13, 1864                    Map of Utah highlighting Rich County

County Seat: 

st. Charles  1864 – 1872

Randolph    1872 – present


County Courthouse – Randolph


Location:  20 South Main Street / East Church Street

Built:  1941 – 1942

Style:  Moderne

Architect:  Ashton & Evans of Salt Lake City

Contractor:  Arthur Peck ( supervisor under Works Project Administration )


Description:  The building faces west and is a one story yellow colored stucco and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Randolph. The center section rises higher and has a recessed entrance on the west side with four square white pillars. The north and south wings are lower. The building has a peaked roof. In the interior, the County District Court courtroom is located in the south wing. The building houses the County District Court of the 1st Judicial District and the County District Juvenile Court.  The building was constructed under the Works Project Administration using local trades and labor.


Note:  The city and school district contributed to the cost of construction and occupied part of the building upon completion. The cost of construction was $42,297.


See:  The 1st Judicial District includes Box Elder County and Cache County.


History:  The county was created in 1864 with county seat at St. Charles. The county seat was moved to Randolph in 1872. The first courthouse was a log cabin owned by Harvey Harper. The second courthouse was built by Joseph Neville in 1888 at a cost of $2,479. The Third and present courthouse was constructed in 1940 to 1941 at a cost of $42,297.



County Courthouse – Randolph











County District Court courtroom





Commission Minutes





Photos taken 2009 and 2013