Richland

Name:

Richland

County:

Shawnee

Zip Code:

 

Latitude / Longitude:

38°53’01″N 95°32’23″W

Elevation:

935 ft (285 m)

Time Zone:

Central (CST) (UTC-6)

Comments:

Richland was a town in southeastern Shawnee County, Kansas. It is notable for being the birthplace of Georgia Neese Clark Gray, the first female Treasurer of the United States.

Remains:

In October 1854, Charles Matney settled in the  that was to become Richland, near the confluence of Camp Creek with the Wakarusa River. In 1857 a post office was opened north of town and a schoolhouse was constructed, out of logs, on the northeast corner of Matney’s land. Richland eventually became the center of a rich agricultural region and its businesses included a bank, a barber shop, a church, two blacksmiths, two doctors, a pharmacy, several lodges, a hotel and a general store. in the early 1870s, Richland became a station on the St. Louis, Lawrence and Denver Railroad however the railroad would be short lived and the railroad stopped running in 1894.

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Disestablished:

 

Current Status:

The post office closed in 1969 and the last of the town was leveled in 1974. Today little remains of Richland, only some ruins of buildings, fragments of paved streets and the cemetery. Most of town site was located on land owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. U.S. Geological Survey quadrangle maps show the original location to be at 38.887699, -95.528589, at elevation 900 ft., and COE brochure says Flood Control Pool is at 903.4 ft.

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