Fort Leonard Wood Community
When an 1869 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 or the acres of green forest. The town of Richland sprung up along the Frisco Railroad and became a livestock production and farming community. Today, Richland still promises miles of scenic beauty and Midwestern charm to refresh your spirit and satisfy all of your outdoor aspirations.
Tucked in Missouri’s Ozark region just minutes off Interstate 44, Richland’s appeal lies in its small-town, family atmosphere, connection to outdoor adventure and beautiful parks.
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, whether it’s a company picnic or an afternoon with the family. 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. If you’re in the neighborhood, join us for the annual Tri-County Fair held at the park. Concerts and a carnival provide a festive backdrop for crafts, truck and tractor pulls, kid’s contests and Missouri’s best barbecue.
Love to golf? Test your skill at our nine-hole community golf course. 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. Round up some friends and paddle down the river in a canoe, or pitch a tent and spend the night in the Mark Twain National Forest.
Like many towns in Pulaski County, Richland traces much of its history to the railroads. Long ago, the railroad gave Richland the boost it needed to establish its roots as a cornerstone of Pulaski County. By 1877, it was a major shipping point between Springfield and St. Louis. The railroad also provided local farmers the opportunity to earn extra money, cutting lumber for railroad ties. Today, Richland invites visitors who want to revel in the outdoor escapes, linger in beautiful parks or take advantage of the easy access to Missouri’s best. Rekindle your love of the outdoors and recharge your batteries, and discover why Richland is the perfect escape.