Richmond, Utah

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Richmond, Utah
Richmond City Main Street
Richmond City Main Street
"Making Life Better"
Location in Cache County and the state of Utah.
Location in Cache County and the state of Utah.
Coordinates: 41°55′10″N 111°48′37″W / 41.91944°N 111.81028°W / 41.91944; -111.81028Coordinates: 41°55′10″N 111°48′37″W / 41.91944°N 111.81028°W / 41.91944; -111.81028
CountryUnited States
 • TypeMayor-Council government
 • MayorPaul J. Erickson
 • Total3.46 sq mi (8.95 km2)
 • Land3.46 sq mi (8.95 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation4,610 ft (1,405 m)
 • Total2,470
 • Estimate 
 • Density811.05/sq mi (313.19/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)435
FIPS code49-63680[4]
GNIS feature ID1444892[2]

Richmond is a city in Cache County, Utah, United States. The population was 2,470 at the 2010 census,[5] with an estimated population of 2,730 in 2018.[6] It is included in the Logan metropolitan area.


Agrippa Cooper was the first settler in Richmond in the mid-1850s. In 1859, surveyors visited the Richmond area and determined it to be a suitable area for living, with abundant water that could be used for farming and milling, and land that was fertile for growing crops.[7] Within a few years log cabins, dugouts, and a log fort had been built. In 1860, a sawmill and a schoolhouse were erected.[8][9] The city was settled mainly by Mormon pioneers, such as John Bair, Stillman Pond, Goudy E. Hogan, Thomas Levi Whittle, and Marriner W. Merrill.[10]

In 1860, LDS Church President Brigham Young visited the settlement of Richmond to council and direct the settlement. The Native Americans in the Cache Valley were becoming hostile to many of the Mormon pioneers, and many violent battles had already been fought. Young counseled the settlers to "Move your families and wagons close together, then, if you are disturbed, you are like a hive of bees, and everyone is ready and knows at once what to do."[7] This led the settlers to build a fort named "Fort Richmond".

The city was likely named in honor of LDS apostle Charles C. Rich, though it may also have been named for the rich local soil or for Richmond, London, the hometown of some of its English settlers.[9] Richmond was incorporated in 1868.[11]

In 1912, an election was held about adding a Carnegie library. The Richmond Carnegie Library was built on Main Street in 1914.[12]

Holstein Friesian cattle were brought to Richmond in 1904, and thrived so well that the town was recognized as Utah's Holstein center. In 1912, the Richmond Holstein Cow Show was founded. Now called Richmond's "Black and White Days", the show features carnival rides, food vendors, and a horse pull parade.[8][13] The town's first two creameries—Cache Valley Dairy and Union Creamery—each produced up to 40,000 lb (18,000 kg) of milk per day in 1902. The creameries were absorbed by Utah Condensed Milk Company in 1904, and then reorganized as Sego Milk Products in 1920.[8] For many years, the plant was the largest operation west of the Mississippi.

The 1962 Cache Valley earthquake, which occurred east of Richmond in the Bear River Range, destroyed many pioneer buildings in Richmond, including the original home of Marriner W. Merrill, and the two-story LDS brick Stake Tabernacle.

The hillside letters "NC" (for "North Cache") are visible on a mountainside east of Richmond at 41°55′27″N 111°47′12″W / 41.9243°N 111.7867°W / 41.9243; -111.7867


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.4 square miles (8.9 km2), all land.[5]


This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Richmond has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.[14]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)2,803[3]13.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[15]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 2,051 people, 619 households, and 526 families residing in the city. The population density was 696.1 people per square mile (268.4/km2). There were 654 housing units at an average density of 222.0 per square mile (85.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.32% White, 0.20% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 1.56% from other races, and 0.59% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.49% of the population.

There were 619 households, out of which 49.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.5% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 14.9% were non-families. 13.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.31 and the average family size was 3.68.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 37.3% under the age of 18, 9.9% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 19.2% from 45 to 64, and 8.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 27 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $42,138, and the median income for a family was $45,500. Males had a median income of $31,743 versus $21,778 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,312. About 5.8% of families and 6.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.8% of those under age 18 and 7.7% of those age 65 or over.


Notable businesses Casper's Ice Cream and Cherry Peak Resort are located in Richmond. Goldfish crackers are produced at a Pepperidge Farm facility in Richmond. In 2011, the plant was producing over 1 million cases of Goldfish.[16]

The Richmond city website links to several local businesses, including Rockhill Creamery, My Favorite Gun Store, and Rezzimax.[17]

Arts and culture[edit]

Hendricks Confectionery Building is one of 17 sites in Richmond listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Richmond Relief Society Hall and Richmond Tithing Office are museums in Richmond.

Parks and recreation[edit]

Parks and recreational sites include Richmond City Grandstand and Baseball Field, a public horse arena with benches, an outdoor shooting range, and the Richmond Community Building.[18] The city, partnering with the Cache County Planning & Zoning commission, have began the process of laying out paths and trails across the city and surrounding area.

Mount Naomi Wilderness, within the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, is located east of Richmond.


Education in Richmond is over the Cache School District,[19] with White Pine Elementary[20] School on the north side of Richmond. All 7th and 8th grade students in the north end of Cache School District attend North Cache Middle School, and advance to Sky View High School.


In 1971, Richmond resident Arthur Morin and 11 of his children drove 2,700 miles (4,300 km) in a camper to Lehigh Acres, Florida, to compete as finalists in the All American Family competition.[21]

In 2003, part of the film Napoleon Dynamite was filmed in Richmond's Big J's fast-food restaurant.[22]

In 2006, Richmond resident Sue Morgan was the first woman from Utah to compete in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.[23]

In 2020, the Rezzimax Pain Tuner Pro, invented in Richmond, was named "Coolest Thing Made In Utah".[24]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Richmond
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Richmond city, Utah". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
  6. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved December 15, 2019.
  7. ^ a b Peterson, F. Ross (1997). History of Cache County. Salt Lake City, Utah: Utah State Historical Society. p. 43. ISBN 0-913738-10-7.
  8. ^ a b c Utah: A Guide to the State. Utah State Institute of Fine Arts. 1941. ISBN 9780403021932.
  9. ^ a b Cheri Housley; Marie Lundgreen & Kathy Jones (2011). Richmond. Arcadia. ISBN 9780738584782.
  10. ^ Bair, Amos W. (1976). History of Richmond, Utah. Richmond, Utah: The Richmond Bicentennial Committee. p. 9.
  11. ^ Laws of the Territory of Utah Passed at the Twenty-Sixth Session of the Legislative Assembly. Tribune. 1884.
  12. ^ "Richmond Library History".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. ^ "Black & White Days". Richmond City.
  14. ^ Climate Summary for Richmond, Utah
  15. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  16. ^ "Here is the latest Utah news from The Associated Press". NECN.COM. Nov 14, 2011.
  17. ^ "Richmond City". Retrieved 2022-01-13.
  18. ^ "Richmond City". Retrieved 2021-12-01.
  19. ^ "Cache County School District / Homepage". http. Retrieved 2020-02-15. {{cite web}}: Check |url= value (help)
  20. ^ "White Pine ES / Homepage". http. Retrieved 2020-02-15. {{cite web}}: Check |url= value (help)
  21. ^ Everbach, Tracy. Managing "Amazonia": a cultural case study of female leadership at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune (Thesis). University of Missouri Libraries.
  22. ^ "Napoleon Dynamite Drive-In -". 2019-10-06. Retrieved 2022-01-13.
  23. ^ "Utah woman is dogged competitor". Deseret News. 2006-03-02. Retrieved 2022-06-29.
  24. ^ "2020 Winner". Utah Manufacturers Association. Retrieved 2022-06-29.

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