Richland Center, Wisconsin

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Richland Center, Wisconsin
Location of Richland Center, Wisconsin
Location of Richland Center, Wisconsin
Coordinates: 43°20′16″N 90°23′5″W / 43.33778°N 90.38472°W / 43.33778; -90.38472Coordinates: 43°20′16″N 90°23′5″W / 43.33778°N 90.38472°W / 43.33778; -90.38472
CountryUnited States
StateWisconsin
CountyRichland
Area
 • Total4.36 sq mi (11.29 km2)
 • Land4.28 sq mi (11.09 km2)
 • Water0.08 sq mi (0.21 km2)
Elevation728 ft (222 m)
Population
 • Total5,184
 • Estimate 
(2011[4])
5,182
 • Density1,211.2/sq mi (467.6/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s)608
FIPS code55-67625[5]
GNIS feature ID1578616[2]

Richland Center is a city in Richland County, Wisconsin, United States. It is the county seat of Richland County. As of the 2010 census, 5,184 people lived there.

History[change | change source]

Richland Center was founded in 1851 by Ira Sherwin Hazeltine. Haseltine offered to give land to the county if Richland Center was voted the county seat.[6] In 1852, the Wisconsin Legislature named Richland Center as the seat for Richland County.[7] The Richland County courthouse was built in 1889.

In 1876, a railroad branch opened to connect Richland Center with the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad at Lone Rock, Wisconsin. This gave an outlet for the town's commerce. On October 8, 1882, the town's railway depot was destroyed when a fire lit two kegs of gunpowder inside it. This caused an explosion that tore the roof from the building.[8] Another depot was built in 1909. Today, it is a visitor center for the community.[9]

Frank Lloyd Wright was born at Richland Center in 1867.

Geography[change | change source]

The city has a total area of 4.36 square miles (11.29 km2). Of this, 4.28 square miles (11.09 km2) is land and 0.08 square miles (0.21 km2) is water.[1]

Notable people[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  4. "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-01-02.
  5. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. Butterfield, C. W. (1884). History of Crawford and Richland Counties, Wisconsin. Springfield, Illinois: Union Publishing Company. pp. 1150-1151.
  7. "An Act to Declare the County Seat of Richland County," Wisconsin Statutes 1852, c. 37.
  8. Butterfield (1884). p. 1164
  9. "Richland Center Visitor Center." Richland Chamber & Development Alliance. Retrieved 2011-11-03.

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