Richmond, Michigan

Richmond, Michigan

Infobox Settlement
official_name = Richmond, Michigan
settlement_type = City
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subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = United States
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_name1 = Michigan
subdivision_type2 = Counties
subdivision_name2 = Macomb, St. Clair

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population_as_of = 2000
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population_total = 4897
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timezone = Eastern (EST)
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area_code = 586
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Richmond is a city on the border between Macomb and St. Clair counties in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 4,897 at the 2000 census. Most of the city is located in Macomb County, though there is a small portion in St. Clair County. The city is adjacent to Richmond Township in Macomb County, although it is administratively autonomous. It is also adjacent to St. Clair County's Columbus Township.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.0 square miles (7.6 km²), of which, 2.9 square miles (7.5 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (2.03%) is water.

It is sometimes considered to be part of the Thumb of Michigan, which in turn is a subregion of the Flint/Tri-Cities. Richmond can also be considered as in the Blue Water area, a subregion of the Thumb.


As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 4,897 people, 1,977 households, and 1,332 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,691.6 per square mile (654.2/km²). There were 2,062 housing units at an average density of 712.3/sq mi (275.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.43% White, 0.25% African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.82% Asian, 0.18% Pacific Islander, 1.86% from other races, and 1.16% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.74% of the population.

There were 1,977 households out of which 31.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.1% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.6% were non-families. 27.8% of all households were made up of sole individuals and 11.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.2% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 22.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 92.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $43,378, and the median income for a family was $57,917. Males had a median income of $41,519 versus $26,445 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,384. About 4.8% of families and 6.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.2% of those under age 18 and 5.4% of those age 65 or over.

City history

In 1835 Erastus Beebe set out with two brothers and several other people to create a new city out of a wilderness area in Michigan. He founded Beebe's Corners, which in 1878 agreed to join with the two nearest neighboring communities of Ridgeway and Cooper Town to form the Village of Richmond. In 1879, the Michigan Legislature officially created the village. In 1989, the city annexed the Muttonville area of Lenox Township, parts of Richmond Township in Macomb County, and part of Casco and Columbus Townships in St. Clair County.

Arts and recreation

The city has a [ local library] and a local community theatre [ (Richmond Community Theatre)] .

The city has three major parks - Beebe Street Memorial Park, Bailey Park, and Gierk Park. Beebe Street Memorial Park is convert|38.5|acre|m2 and includes five baseball fields and an outdoor swimming pool. Bailey Park is a convert|2|acre|m2|sing=on park with a baseball field, soccer field, and four tennis courts. Gierk Park is approximately one acre and includes a small playground. Various other outdoor recreational facilities can be found adjacent to the [ public school buildings] , St. Augustine Catholic Elementary School, and St. Peter Lutheran School.

The city is a starting point for the [ Macomb Orchard Trail] , which is a convert|23.5|mi|km|sing=on multi-use, non-motorized trail currently being developed on an abandoned railroad right-of-way in Northern Macomb County. The new trail also connects with the Stony Creek Metropark, Bloomer Park, and the Paint Creek Trail.

Each year the city hosts the [ Richmond Good Old Days Festival] . The bulk of the festival's activities occur at Beebe Street Memorial Park. Major events at past festivals have included the "Little Miss Richmond" pageant, sporting tournaments, demolition derby, figure 8 derby, fair-cross, musical entertainment, craft show, and fireworks. The festival hosts a children's parade and a grand parade. The Detroit News voted the grand parade Michigan's Best Small Town Parade in 2004, 2005, and 2006.

The local paper was the Richmond Review, which was bought out by [ The Voice] .


The [ Richmond Community School District] covers areas of Richmond, Lenox, Casco, and Columbus townships. It includes an elementary, middle, and high school. In 2002, it had approximately 2,000 full time students and a teacher/student ratio of 20:1.

High school sports

Richmond High School's sports teams go by the nickname Blue Devils. The teams compete in the following MHSAA sponsored sports: cross country (men/women), soccer (men/women), football, golf (men), volleyball, wrestling, track and field (men/women), baseball, softball, bowling (men/women), tennis (men/women), competitive cheer, and basketball (men/women).

Richmond takes on seven rivals on an annual basis in the Blue Water Area Conference (BWAC). The other members of the BWAC are Algonac Muskrats, Almont Raiders, Armada Tigers, Capac Chiefs, Cros-Lex Pioneers, Imlay City Spartans, and Yale Bulldogs. Historic rivals who used to compete with the Devils in the old STA and SCAL leagues include the Marine City Mariners, Marysville Vikings, Memphis Yellow Jackets, New Haven Rockets, St. Clair Saints, Brown City Green Devils, Dryden Cardinals, and Anchor Bay Tars.

Many of the Blue Devil teams have been highly successful at the state level and in their local conference, the BWAC. The sports programs have won their conferences overall "all-sports award" as the overall best athletic school in 1999, 2001, and 2006-2008. They were runner-up in their conference in 1998, 2000, and 2002-2005. In addition, in 2008 the "Times Herald", a newspaper covering the Thumb area of Michigan, also named Richmond as the most dominant sports school in not only it's conference, but in the entire area.

The Richmond wrestling team may be the schools most dominant program. The team dominated the STA in the 1970s, winning 9 championships in 10 years. The team has won Regional Titles in 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2007. The Blue Devils won the state championship in 2000, 2002, and 2006, and the 1996, 2004 and 2007 teams placed 2nd in the state. The 2001 team made it as far as the semi-final. The team is led by coaches George Hamblin and Brandon Day. Joe Riedel was 171-pound champion in 2000. Brian Schwartz won the 215-pound title in 1997.

The football team won a league championship in the MAC-SCAL in 1996 and the STA in 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002. They won the BWAC crown in 2003 and 2005. One of their most successful seasons came in 2003, when they won the district finals (over Marine City (16-7) and the regional finals Clintondale (21-19). They went to the MHSAA Division IV State Semi-final game, losing 35-17 to Dewitt at Port Huron Memorial Stadium. That year, Brian Grabowski was named all-state and went on to play college football as a defensive lineman at Findlay University. Historically, the team was also league champion in 1958, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1975, and 1976.

The men's soccer team has won five(5)consecutive BWAC men's soccer titles and the 2006 Division III State Championship over Roscommon, 6-4. The 2007 made it back to the semi-finals. The 2003 team was also district champions.

The men's cross country team has also been very successful. In 2004, the team placed 18th in the State Finals. The 2004 team was a sophomore-dominated team that won the BWAC Championships, Macomb County Class B Championship, and Division III Regional Championship. The 2005 team defended the BWAC and county titles but was unable to repeat their trip to States. In 2006, the team won its third straight BWAC Title, 3rd straight county title, and placed 11th in the Division II State Final meet. League titles were also won in 1999 and 2000.

The Richmond High men's golfers won 3 consecutive BWAC crowns from 2004-2006, and went 62-1 over that time. A previous team won a 1994 league title.

In 2005 and 2006, the men's basketball team enjoyed back-to-back district championships for the first time ever. The only other district titles were won in 1958 and 1988. League titles were won in 1958, 1979, 1981, 1986-1988, 1992, 1995, and 2008. The baseball team has been a model of consistency for Richmond. In 2003, the team advanced to the State quarter-finals. In 2006, the team went 22-5 and won their 8th consecutive league title, while following that year up with their 9th straight league title and an appearance in the 2007 Division II Regional finals where they lost to state-ranked St. Clair Shores Lakeshore in extra-innings. League titles were captured in 1972, 1974, 1975, 1978-1981, 1986, and 1999-2007. The team also holds 8 district and 1 regional title.

In 2004 coach Mark Ladd returned to the track and field team to the 2004 BWAC title, it's first titles since 3 in a row from 1999-2001.

The men's bowling team advanced to the state semi-final in 2006.

The men's tennis team advanced to states in 1968-1970. The school went years without tennis before the team was re-vived in 2005. By 2007, the team had already captured it's fisrt BWAC title and made the state meet.

On the girls side, the volleyball team won the 1983 Class B State Championship. It was the 1st State Title in the history of Richmond High School. The team won league titles from 1981-1988. It won district titles from 1982-1988. Regional titles and trips to the semi-final occurred in 1983 and 1985. Only the '83 team won the state championship.

The cheer team won the MCCA State Championship in 2005. After moving to the MHSAA in 2006, the girls struggled a little bit, but rebounded to place 9th in 2007 and 5th in 2008. The team won league titles in 2003, 2004, and 2006-2008.

The girl's basketball team won league titles from 1981-1984 and district titles in 1982, 1983, and 1993.

The girl's bowling team won a league title in 2007 and regional titles 2006 and 2007. The 2007 team advanced to the state semi-final.

The girl's cross country team won league titles in 1997, 1998, and 2000.

The girl's soccer team won league titles in 2002 and 2008. The 08 team was also district champions.

The girl's track team won league titles from 1998-2001 and captured the 2007 regional title en route to placing 8th in the state.

The most successful girls team, however, is the softball team. The team won over 117 straight league games, from 1997-2007 dating back to the old STA! The team was state runner-up in 1985, 1998, and 1999. They also made a trip to the semi-final in 2005. League titles were won in 1979-1981, 1983-1985, 1987, 1988, 1990-1994, 1996, 1999, 2000-2008. District titles were won in 1982, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1992, 1995-1999, 2001, 2003-2005, and 2007. Regional titles were captured in 1982, 1985, 1988, 1992, 1998-1999, 2001, and 2005. In addition to the 3 aforementioned Finals appearances, the team made semi-final appearances in 1982, 1985, 1992, 1998, 1999, 2001, and 2005.

Historic buildings

The First Congregational Church, home of the Richmond Community Theatre, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the State of Michigan placed a [ historical marker] in front of the Harold and Mabelle Weller House. Kathryn Bishop Eckert's "Buildings of Michigan" lists St. Augustine Church as an architecturally important building due to its twin steeples, Italian gothic elements, and fieldstone facade.

The [ Richmond Area Historical and Genealogical Society] owns and maintains three historic buildings in Bailey Park. It has a one-room schoolhouse built in 1885 and originally located on School Section Road in Richmond Township. It has a Grand Trunk Railroad Depot built in the early 1900s and originally located in Hickey, which was in Columbus Township, MI. The society also has the Donley Family Log Cabin and Outhouse, which was built in 1850 and originally located on 29 Mile Road in Lenox Township.

Famous citizens

* Sanford Stone (1828-1888) moved to Richmond in 1843. He held many public offices, including state representative, village president, and county coroner. In 1878 he built an Eastlake style house in Richmond, which was eventually sold to Harold and Mabelle Weller and ultimately was recognized as an [ historic building] by the State of Michigan.


External links

* [ City of Richmond - Official Site]
* [ Lois Wagner Memorial Library]
* [ Richmond Community School District]
* [ Richmond Community Theatre]
* [ Macomb Orchard Trail]
* [ Friends of Macomb Orchard Trail]
* [ Richmond Area Good Old Days Festival]
* [ Richmond Area Historical and Genealogical Society]
* [ The Voice]

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