The town of Richland was established in 1860 primarily as a shipping site for grain. At its height, Richland boasted a hotel, grocery store, church and post office, but the hamlet fell into decline by 1880.
By the 1920s, the town was being promoted as a Dutch-inspired tourist destination—the “Netherlands of America,” featuring Dutch architecture with the early Hood Hotel. (Find more on Hood’s history and current activities in the Fall 2015 issue of Delta Voice!)
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