Richmond, Illinois

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Richmond is a village in McHenry County, Illinois, United States, 44 miles south-southwest of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and 55 miles northwest of Chicago, Illinois. The population was 1,091 at the 2000 census. The current village president is Lauri Olson.

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History

Carpenter William A. McConnell was Richmond's first settler, arriving in 1837 and erecting the village's first building, a log structure. Eight other settlers arrived in 1838 and growth progressed rapidly after that point.[1] The first school was built on McConnell's farm in 1841 and in 1844 the village was finally platted.[1][2] McConnell and Dr. R.R. Stone established a cheese factory in Richmond, and a creamery, other cheese factories, a box factory, a wagon works and a pickle factory followed.[1]

Most of Richmond's original buildings were built from the mid-1840s through the 1860s and consisted of Greek Revival rural farmhouse and Richmond's commercial district. Houses within the village were built mostly in the Greek Revival style as well with later prominent homes cast in the Italianate or Second Empire styles.[2] The village of Richmond was officially incorporated in 1872.[1]

On Christmas Eve 1902 a devastating fire swept through most of Richmond's commercial district destroying 20 buildings.[2] The fire was a setback for Richmond's economic growth as most of the buildings were either uninsured or underinsured. Many business owners did not bother to rebuild at all following the fire. Another building spurt did occur in Richmond between 1903 and 1905.[2]

Geography

Richmond is located at 42°28′19″N 88°18′27″W / 42.47194°N 88.3075°W / 42.47194; -88.3075 (42.471868, -88.307431)[3].

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