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981 ft (299 m)

Local time
Wednesday 9:41 PM


Boston, Center, Wayne

Time zone

36,345 (2013)

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Colleges and Universities
Earlham College, Indiana University East, Bethany Theological Seminary, Earlham School of Religion, Ivy Tech Community College‑Whitewater

Richmond /ˈrɪmənd/ is a city in east central Indiana, United States, bordering on Ohio. It is the county seat of Wayne County, and in the 2010 census had a population of 36,812.


Map of Richmond, IN 47374, USA

Situated largely within Wayne Township, its area includes a non-contiguous portion in nearby Boston Township where the Richmond Municipal Airport is located.

The city is sometimes called the "cradle of recorded jazz" because some early jazz records were made there at the studio of Gennett Records, a division of the Starr Piano Company.

The city has twice received the All-America City Award, most recently in 2009.


Richmond is located at 39°49′49″N 84°53′26″W.

According to the 2010 census, Richmond has a total area of 24.067 square miles (62.33 km2), of which 23.91 square miles (61.93 km2) (or 99.35%) is land and 0.157 square miles (0.41 km2) (or 0.65%) is water.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 36,812 people, 15,098 households, and 8,909 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,539.0 inhabitants per square mile (594.2/km2). There were 17,649 housing units at an average density of 737.8 per square mile (284.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 83.9% White, 8.6% African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.9% from other races, and 4.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.1% of the population.

There were 15,098 households of which 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.5% were married couples living together, 16.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.0% were non-families. 34.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.91.

The median age in the city was 38.4 years. 22.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 11.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.4% were from 25 to 44; 25.6% were from 45 to 64; and 16.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.9% male and 52.1% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 39,124 people, 16,287 households, and 9,918 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,685.3 people per square mile (650.8/km²). There were 17,647 housing units at an average density of 760.2 per square mile (293.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 86.78% White, 8.87% African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.80% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 1.09% from other races, and 2.14% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.03% of the population.

There were 16,287 households out of which 27.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.1% were married couples living together, 13.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.1% were non-families. 33.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the city, the population was spread out with 23.4% under the age of 18, 11.0% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 16.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 88.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,210, and the median income for a family was $38,346. Males had a median income of $30,849 versus $21,164 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,096. About 12.1% of families and 15.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.8% of those under age 18 and 10.8% of those age 65 or over.


In 1806 the first European Americans in the area, Quaker families from North Carolina, settled along the East Fork of the Whitewater River. This was part of a general westward migration in the early decades after the American Revolution. John Smith and David Hoover were among the earliest settlers. Richmond is still home to several Quaker institutions, including Friends United Meeting, Earlham College and the Earlham School of Religion.

The settlement was incorporated as a town on Sept. 1, 1818. At that time, it had 24 adult settlers. The first post office in Richmond was established in 1818.

Early cinema and television pioneer Charles Francis Jenkins grew-up on a farm north of Richmond, where he began inventing useful gadgets. As the Richmond Telegram reported, on June 6, 1894, Jenkins gathered his family, friends and newsmen at Jenkins' cousin's jewelry store in downtown Richmond and projected a filmed motion picture for the first time in front of an audience. The motion picture was of a vaudeville entertainer performing a butterfly dance, which Jenkins had filmed himself. Jenkins filed for a patent for the Phantoscope projector in November 1894 and it was issued in March of '95. A modified version of the Phantoscope was later sold to Thomas Edison who named it Edison's Vitascope and began projecting motion pictures in New York City vaudeville theaters, raising the curtain on American cinema.

Richmond is believed to have been the smallest community in the United States to have supported a professional opera company and symphony orchestra. The Whitewater Opera has since closed but the Richmond Symphony Orchestra has continued. In 1899 Will Earhart formed the first complete high school orchestra in the nation. A later high school orchestra director, Joseph E. Maddy, went on to found what is now known as the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan.

In the 1920s during the national revival of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), Indiana had the largest Klan organization in the country, led by Grand Dragons D. C. Stephenson and Walter F. Bossert. At its height, national membership during the second Klan movement reached 1.5 million, with 300,000 from Indiana. Records show that Richmond (home to Whitewater Klan #60) and Wayne County were Klan strongholds, with up to 45 percent of the county's white males having been Klan members. Forty percent of Richmond's Kiwanis club members, thirty percent of its doctors, and 27 percent of its lawyers were Klan members, but none of the city's bank executives or most powerful business leaders were members. In 1923 a reported 30,000 people watched a Klan parade through Richmond streets. In 1922, Robert Lyons introduced the Klan in Richmond, initially by recruiting at Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church where his father had been pastor until his death seven years earlier. The Klan polished its reputation by making contributions of money and goods to Protestant churches and organizations, including the Salvation Army. Thomas Barr, son of Daisy Douglas Barr, nationally prominent Quaker minister and Klan official, attended Earlham College and was a KKK campus recruiter.

Also notable was the fact that Hoagy Carmichael recorded "Stardust" for the first time in Richmond at the Gennett recording studio. Famed trumpeter and singer Louis Armstrong was first recorded at Gennett as a member of King Oliver and his Creole Jazz Band.

A group of artists in the area in the late 19th and early 20th centuries came to be known as the Richmond Group. They included John Elwood Bundy, Charles Conner, George Herbert Baker, Maude Kaufman Eggemeyer and John Albert Seaford, among others. The Richmond Art Museum has a collection of regional and American art. Many consider the most significant painting in the collection to be a self-portrait of Indiana-born William Merritt Chase.

The city was connected to the National Road, the first road built by the federal government and a major route west for pioneers of the 19th century. It became part of the system of National Auto Trails. The highway is now known as U.S. Route 40. One of the extant Madonna of the Trail monuments was dedicated at Richmond on October 28, 1928 The monument sits in a corner of Glen Miller Park adjacent to US 40.

Richmond's cultural resources include two of Indiana's three Egyptian mummies. One is held by the Wayne County Historical Museum and the second by Earlham College's Joseph Moore Museum, leading to the local nickname of "Mummy capital of Indiana".

The arts were supported by a strong economy increasingly based on manufacturing. Richmond was once known as "the lawn mower capital" because it was a center for manufacturing of lawn mowers from the late 19th century through the mid-20th century. Manufacturers included Davis, Motomower, Dille-McGuire and F&N. The farm machinery builder Gaar-Scott was based in Richmond. The Davis Aircraft Co., builder of a light parasol wing monoplane, operated in Richmond beginning in 1929.

After starting out in nearby Union City, Wayne Agricultural Works moved to Richmond. Wayne was a manufacturer of horse-drawn vehicles, including "kid hacks", a precursor of the motorized school bus. From the early 1930s through the 1940s, several automobile designers and manufacturers were located in Richmond. Among the automobiles locally manufactured were the Richmond, built by the Wayne Works; the "Rodefeld"; the Davis; the Pilot; the Westcott and the Crosley.

In the 1950s, Wayne Works changed its name to Wayne Corporation, by then a well-known bus and school-bus manufacturer. In 1967 it relocated to a site adjacent to Interstate 70. The company was a leader in school-bus safety innovations, but it closed in 1992 during a period of school-bus manufacturing industry consolidations.

Richmond was known as the "Rose City" because of the many varieties once grown there by Hill's Roses. The company had several sprawling complexes of greenhouses, with a total of about 34 acres (140,000 m2) under glass. The annual Richmond Rose Festival honored the rose industry and was a popular summer attraction.

20th-century challenges

On April 6, 1968, a natural gas explosion and fire destroyed or damaged several downtown blocks and killed 41 people; more than 150 were injured. The book Death in a Sunny Street is about the event.

In the rebuilding effort, the city closed the main street through downtown to traffic and built the Downtown Promenade in 1972 (expanded in 1978). When studies showed that car traffic helped businesses, the city had the five-block pedestrian mall broken up. It reopened the street to traffic in 1997 as part of an urban revitalization effort.

On March 17, 1999, the 155-year-old family run business, Swayne, Robinson and Company was destroyed in a fire. The site is now the location of the Wayne County Jail.


Richmond is noted for its rich stock of historic architecture. In 2003, a book entitled Richmond Indiana: Its Physical Development and Aesthetic Heritage to 1920 by Cornell University architectural historians, Michael and Mary Raddant Tomlan, was published by the Indiana Historical Society. Particularly notable buildings are the 1902 Pennsylvania Railroad Station designed by Daniel H. Burnham of Chicago and the 1893 Wayne County Court House designed by James W. McLaughlin of Cincinnati. Local architects of note include John A. Hasecoster, William S. Kaufman and Stephen O. Yates.

The significance of the architecture has been recognized. Five large districts, such as the Depot District, and several individual buildings are listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the Historic American Buildings Survey and the Historic American Engineering Record.

Educational institutions

  • Richmond has four colleges: Earlham College, Indiana University East, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, and the Purdue Polytechnic Institute - Richmond.
  • Richmond is home to two seminaries: Earlham School of Religion (Quaker) and Bethany Theological Seminary (Church of the Brethren)
  • Richmond High School includes the Richmond Art Museum and Civic Hall Performing Arts Center and the Tiernan Center, the 5th-largest high school gym in the United States.
  • Seton Catholic High School (founded 2002), a junior and senior high school, is a religious high school. It is based in the former home of St. Andrew High School (1899–1936) and, more recently, St. Andrew Elementary School, adjacent to St. Andrew Church of the Richmond Catholic Community.
  • New Creations Christian School, located on the campus of New Creations Chapel, serves elementary, middle school, and high school students.
  • The Richmond Japanese Language School (リッチモンド(IN)補習授業校 Ritchimondo(IN)Hoshū Jugyō Kō) a part-time Japanese school, holds its classes at the Highland Heights School.

    Religious groups

  • Richmond is the headquarters of Friends United Meeting, and hosts the Quaker Hill Conference Center, of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).
  • Air

    Richmond Municipal Airport is a public-use airport located five nautical miles (6 mi, 9 km) southeast of the central business district of Richmond. It is owned by the Richmond Board of Aviation Commissioners. It is also an exclave of Richmond.


    Richmond is served by Interstate 70 at exits 149, 151, 153, and 156. Public transit service is provided by city-owned Roseview Transit, operating daily except Sundays and major holidays.


    The daily newspaper is the Gannett-owned Palladium-Item.

    Full-power radio stations include WKBV, WFMG, WQLK, WHON, WKRT, and Earlham College's student-run public radio station WECI. Richmond is also served by WJYW which is repeated on 94.5 and 97.7. Area NPR radio stations include WBSH in Hagerstown, Indiana and WMUB in Oxford, OH.

    Richmond is considered to be within the Dayton, Ohio, television market and has one full-power television station, WKOI, which is affiliated with TBN. The city also has one county-wide public, educational, and government access (PEG) cable television station, Whitewater Community Television.

    Points of interest

  • Hayes Arboretum
  • Wayne County Historical Museum
  • Richmond Art Museum
  • Indiana Football Hall of Fame
  • Gaar Mansion (house museum)
  • Joseph Moore Museum at Earlham College
  • Glen Miller Park and Madonna of the Trail statue
  • Richmond Downtown Historic District
  • Old Richmond Historic District
  • Starr Historic District
  • Richmond Railroad Station Historic District
  • Reeveston Place Historic District
  • East Main Street-Glen Miller Park Historic District
  • Don McBride Stadium baseball ballpark built in 1936
  • Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church (Louis Comfort Tiffany-designed interior and windows, Hook and Hastings organ)
  • Bethel AME Church (oldest AME church in Indiana: founded 1868)
  • Old National Road Welcome Center (convention and tourism bureau)
  • Whitewater Gorge Park and Gennett Walk of Fame
  • Cardinal Greenway hiking trail
  • Morrisson Reeves Library and historical archive
  • Marceline Jones gravesite, Earlham Cemetery (Jim Jones's wife, who died in the Peoples Temple mass suicide)
  • Richmond Civic Theatre (plays, classic movies, and children's theater)
  • Madonna of the Trail statue at Glen Miller Park
  • Gennett Records Walk of Fame
  • Notable people

  • May Aufderheide, ragtime composer
  • Baby Huey (singer), popular music artist
  • Christopher Benfey, literary critic
  • Thomas W. Bennett (territorial governor),Richmond mayor, Governor, congressional delegate of Idaho territory,
  • John A. Bridgland, businessman
  • John Wilbur Chapman, evangelist
  • David W. Dennis, U.S. Congressman
  • Weeb Ewbank, coach of 1958 and 1959 NFL champion Baltimore Colts and the Super Bowl III champion New York Jets
  • Vagas Ferguson, NFL running back
  • Paul Flatley, NFL wide receiver (Minnesota Vikings)
  • William Dudley Foulke, lawyer, author
  • Norman Foster, actor, director
  • Harry "Singin' Sam" Frankel, radio star, minstrel
  • Mary Haas, linguist
  • Jeff Hamilton, jazz drummer
  • Del Harris, professional basketball coach
  • Micajah C. Henley, roller skate maker
  • Charles A. Hufnagel, M.D. artificial heart valve inventor
  • Dominic James, basketball player at Marquette University, 2006 Big East Rookie of the Year
  • C. Francis Jenkins, motion picture and television pioneer
  • Jon Jennings, basketball coach
  • Jim Jones, founder-leader of Peoples Temple
  • Melvyn "Deacon" Jones, blues organist
  • Esther Kellner, author
  • Daniel Kinsey, hurdler, Olympic gold medalist
  • Jim Logan, football player
  • Johnny Logan, professional basketball player
  • Mike Lopresti, sports reporter for Gannett Company
  • Lamar Lundy, football player, one of the L.A. Rams' "Fearsome Foursome"
  • Daniel W. Marmon, industrialist
  • Dan Mitrione, torture and counterinsurgency specialist for U.S. government
  • Oliver P. Morton, Indiana's Civil War governor
  • Marcus Mote, artist
  • Rich Mullins, Christian musician
  • Addison H. Nordyke, industrialist
  • William Paul Quinn, African Methodist Episcopal Bishop
  • Daniel G. Reid, industrialist, philanthropist
  • Wendell Stanley, Nobel Prize winner
  • D. Elton Trueblood, Quaker theologian
  • Burton J. Westcott, automobile manufacturer
  • Gaar Williams, cartoonist
  • Carol Lou Woodward, jazz pianist, former leader of Carol Lou Trio
  • Billy Wright, basketball head coach, Western Illinois University
  • Wilbur Wright, aviation pioneer
  • Sister cities

  • Serpukhov, Russia
  • Unnan, Shimane Prefecture, Japan
  • References

    Richmond, Indiana Wikipedia

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