DescriptionRichland Center was settled in 1849. It is the birthplace of Frank Lloyd Wright, whose fine early work is represented by the 1915 design of the A.D. German Warehouse adjacent to downtown. Another noted resident was Ada James, an avid suffragette. Upon learning of Wisconsin's ratification of the 19th Amendment, James quickly put her 76-year-old father on the first train to Washington to present the ratification papers before any other state could secure the honor.
In an unglaciated corner of Wisconsin, Richland Center is surrounded by countryside characterized by fruit orchards, hardwood trees, steep hills, deep valleys, trout streams and unusual rock formations. A natural bridge can be seen in Pier Natural Bridge County Park, 9 miles north on SR 80 near Rockbridge. Scenic SR 60 follows the Wisconsin River south from Richland Center.
Running between Richland Center and the town of Lone Rock, the Pine River Recreation Trail follows its namesake river for 15 miles, affording hikers, bicyclists and snowmobilers scenic views of wildlife in their natural habitat. Along the way, the well-groomed trail crosses 15 bridges.
Visitor InfoRichland Museum & Visitor Center 397 W. Seminary St. RICHLAND CENTER, WI 53581. Phone:(608)649-3376
Self-guiding toursA map outlining a historical and architectural tour of Richland Center is available at the visitor center.