Richwoods, Missouri

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Richwoods, Missouri
Unincorporated community
Location of Richwoods, Missouri
Location of Richwoods, Missouri
Coordinates: 38°09′37″N 90°49′41″W / 38.16028°N 90.82806°W / 38.16028; -90.82806Coordinates: 38°09′37″N 90°49′41″W / 38.16028°N 90.82806°W / 38.16028; -90.82806
CountryUnited States
ZIP code63071
Area code(s)573

Richwoods is an unincorporated community in northern Washington County, Missouri, United States founded in 1830. It is located just off Route 47 about 15 miles west of De Soto and 19 miles south of St. Clair.


The first settlement at Richwoods was made ca. 1830.[1] The community was named for the dense forest near the original town site.[2] A post office has been in operation at Richwoods since 1832.[3]

Emergency Agencies[edit]


  • Richwoods Fire Protection District. Chief - David Hoffmann Jr
  • Firemen - 25
  • Junior Firemen - 4
  • EMT-B - 1
  • Emergency Medical Responders - 21
  • No. Of Stations - 1
  • No. Of Trucks - 8
  • Area District - Town Of Richwoods, Parts of Blackwell, Fletcher, Lonedell, and Sullivan Zip Codes.
  • District Highway Coverage
  • State Hwy 47
  • State Hwy A
  • State Hwy H
  • State Hwy T
  • State Hwy WW


Washington County Ambulance District. Administrator - Mal Gum

  • Paramedics - 12
  • EMT-B - 10
  • No. of Stations - 2
  • No. of Ambulances - 6
  • No. of Support Vehicles - 2
  • Area District - All of Washington County

Law Enforcement[edit]

  • Washington County Sheriff's Office Sheriff - Andy Skiles
  • Sheriff - Andy Skiles
  • Captain - Mike Gum
  • Lieutenant - Todd Mahaney
  • Sergeant - Jeremy Stetina
  • Area District - All of Washington County


The Richwoods area is served by the Richwoods School District (R-7). They offer pre-school and kindergarten through eighth grade. After the completion of the eighth grade, students may choose to attend high schools in the following areas: Potosi, Grandview, Kingston, DeSoto, St. Clair, or Sullivan. [4]

Churches and Cemeteries[edit]

  • The Book of Acts Church 10050 Polar Rd 573-678-2005
  • Church Apostolic
  • Richwoods 1st Freewill Baptist Church
  • Cross Roads Baptist Church
  • The Way of Life Tabernacle 10015 Circle Road Richwoods, MO
  • Horine Methodist church

St. Stephen Catholic Church and Cemetery[edit]

The parish was established in 1841. [5]

Saint Stephen cemetery is located behind the church and rectory.

Horine Cemetery[edit]

Horine Cemetery is located in Richwoods, Missouri take Hwy 47 to Richwoods; turn onto Hwy A from jct of A & H. Turn on first gravel road to the left at sign by the Methodist Church (just before Richwoods Lions Club). Approx one mile south of Hwy A; cemetery at end of road.[6]

Local Events[edit]

Antique Tractor Pull in Richwoods, Missouri 2009
  • Easter Egg Hunt (The Saturday after Easter at the Richwoods Fire Department)
  • Bear Cove Mud Sling (April - October One Day a Month located at Bear Cove Rd)
  • ROMP MX (Spring, Summer, and Fall)
  • Free Fireworks Display (Saturday after July 4)
  • Antique Tractor Pull (Sept) Richwoods Lions Club
  • Twisted Minds Haunted House (Fridays and Saturdays and Halloween night in October)
  • Haunted Hayride (Last two Fridays and Saturdays in October)
  • Christmas Parade (Saturday after Thanksgiving)
  • Christmas Bazaar (Saturday after Thanksgiving) Richwoods R-7 School.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Washington County Place Names, 1928–1945". The State Historical Society of Missouri. Archived from the original on June 24, 2016. Retrieved December 30, 2016.
  2. ^ Eaton, David Wolfe (1918). How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. p. 370.
  3. ^ "Post Offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-08-29. Retrieved 2007-09-30.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-28. Retrieved 2010-05-10.
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