Gateway to Lake of the Ozarks

Sometimes nicknamed “The Gateway to the Lake of the Ozarks,” Richland’s scenic landscape and down-home people have a way of making visitors feel at home. Spend an afternoon wandering the antique shops and storefronts. Swap stories with the locals at a coffee house. Discover art in unexpected places as you explore the charming historic community.

Enterprising Entrepreneurs

In 1869, Milton Santee, a 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 and the acres of green forest. The town of Richland sprang up along the Frisco Railroad and became a livestock production and farming community.

Downtown Richland, Missouri- Gateway to the Lake of the Ozarks

Richland’s entrepreneurial spirit may have started with Captain H.E. Warren who opened his store when Richland was first founded. 150 plus years later his descendants continue to operate H.E. Warren & Sons.

In 2018 the Myers family began restoring a historic storefront on South Pine Street and is now home to The Vintage Chandelier. The entire family will love exploring Final Stop Die-Cast Collectibles & More and Final Stop Antiques and Collectables on Pine Street. This shop is stuffed with antiques, comic books, vintage toys, farm toys, and Hot Wheels!

Beginning in 1925 churchgoers attended Sunday services at the beautiful Methodist Episcopal on South Pine Street. After the church moved to a different location entrepreneur Nita Bechtel stepped up to repurpose the town landmark. Today Sanctuary Coffee and Quilts offers residents and tourists a coffee shop and a quilt shop.

Local Flavors & Unique Eats

While exploring Richland don’t overlook the food! Grab a juicy hamburger and a shake at The Burger Stand. Market Basket Café is a quaint little spot dishing up big flavors made from scratch. It’s like having lunch at a dear friend’s home. Come into The Pub of the Track Bar & Grill as a stranger and leave as a friend!  

Green Spaces

Shady Dell Park is a beloved 20-acre greenspace near the heart of town. The park features covered picnic pavilions, playgrounds, sand volleyball courts, tennis courts, pulling track, and a horseshoe pit. The park hosts the annual Tri-County Fair. Truck and tractor pulls are held throughout the year. Railroad buffs will appreciate the park’s railroad caboose- a nod to the towns railroading heritage.

Shady Dell Park

Tee off at Richland’s nine-hole 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.

The City of Richland owns and operates Richland Municipal Airport. The airport features 3,000 feet of hard surface runway.

City of Richland website