In 1869, when a railroad surveyor noticed the potential in a small area between Springfield and St. Louis, he undoubtedly had his eye on the miles of sprawling hills, the sparkling Gasconade River and the acres of green forest. The town of Richland sprang up along the Frisco Railroad and became a livestock production and farming community.
Richland’s proximity to local highways makes it a short driving distance to major shopping malls and facilities, resort communities, and several Missouri state colleges and universities.
A day at Shady Dell Park will entertain and captivate any crowd. Located in the heart of town, this 20 acre park is home to covered picnic pavilions, playgrounds, sand volleyball courts, a horseshoe pitching area, tennis courts, and an Olympic sized swimming pool. Events happen year round so come join us for the annual Tri-County Fair, Movie Night in the Park, the annual Truck and Tractor Pull to mention a few. Love to golf? Test your skill at our nine-hole community golf course. Shop in Pulaski County’s oldest, continually running business since 1869, H.E. Warren & Sons or cuddle a pig or hug an alpaca at the local petting farm. If you’re eager for adventure of a different nature, head out to the Gasconade River. Thirty miles of clear water winds its way around Richland to provide some of Missouri’s best bass fishing. The average traveler has probably never eaten dinner in a cave, well you can do that too, right here in Richland!