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RICHLAND SPRINGS, TexasPopulation (2015e): 329COL Index: 79.0
Elevation: 1,407/429 ftArea: 1 smCounty (seat): San Saba
Zip Code: 76871Area Code: 325-452Time Zone: CST
Coordinates: 31° 16'13 N, 98° 56'44 W (31.270326, -98.945654)
Location: Western-central part of county; 120 mi NW of Austin;
15 mi NW of San Saba; 27 mi NE of Brady; 47 mi NW of Llano; 36 mi SW of Goldthwaite
Highways: US-190Creeks: Richland SpringsRivers: NoneLakes: None
- City Of Richland Springs: 325-452-3549; US-190, Richland Springs, TX 76871
NEIGHBORING TOWNS: 7 mi NW of Algerita; 32 mi NW of Bend; 27 mi NE of Brady; 30 mi NW of Cherokee; 36 mi SW of Goldthwaite; 11 mi NW of Harkeyville; 47 mi NW of Llano; 35 mi NW of Lometa; 15 mi NW of San Saba
PRINCIPAL BUSINESS: Ranching, agriculture (including fruit, nuts)
MAJOR ATTRACTIONS: None
NEARBY & HILL COUNTRY-WIDE ATTRACTIONS: See Attractions
Some of the very nearby attractions include:
- Bend: Alamosa Wine Cellers
- Brady: Golf, Music Museums; Courthouse & Jail; Historic Train Depot
- San Saba: Historic Bridges; Wedding Oak; Millican Pecan Mother Tree; County Museum; Golf; Rising Star Vineyards & Winery
For full details on nearby events see Festivals & Major Events, Trade Days & Farmers Markets, Live Entertainment, and calendars on our other focus topic pages accessible from the menu above.
- July: Stars & Stripes Celebration, July 4th weekend
MEDIA COVERAGE: See full details in Directory below.
- On-Line News: Google News; Topix
- Newspapers: See nearby San Saba News & Star: 325-372-5115; sansabanews.com
- Radio/TV, Articles & Videos:
HISTORY: Handbook of Texas Online: "... developed in the nineteenth century as a supply and processing center for local cotton growers and cattlemen. Jackson J. Brown and his family settled near the springs on Richland Springs Creek (then known as Richland Creek) in December 1854 and were soon followed by the Tankersley and Duncan families. A private fort, Fort Duncan, was established near the springs in the late 1850s when trouble arose with Indians on the frontier, but it apparently fell into disuse shortly thereafter. The Brown School was constructed in 1868 and named for the neighborhood's original settler. The area attracted settlers through the 1870s, and in 1877 a Richland Springs post office opened in the store of Samuel E. Hays. The community took its name from the nearby springs and from local enthusiasm for the agricultural promise of the region. By 1890 local production of cotton, grains, and livestock supported a settlement of 150 residents, including a justice of the peace precinct, a constabulary, and several commercial and craft businesses. A local newspaper, the Eye-Witness, began publication in 1905. Not long after, the First State Bank was organized, and in 1911 completion of a trunk line for the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway linked the town with the main line between Galveston and Amarillo. Richland Springs incorporated in 1932 and adopted a mayor-council form of city government. With a population nearing 500 and as many as forty businesses, the town prospered until the onset of the Great Depression. World War II reversed the decline of the 1930s, and by the early 1950s residents numbered 600. The number of businesses still had not returned to predepression levels when a three-year drought in the mid-1950s crippled the local economy again. The town's only bank failed, and within a decade its residential and business populations had fallen by nearly half. An uneven recovery from the nadir of the 1960s was based on the production of local fruit and nut growers. In 1982 the town reported 420 residents and five businesses; by 1986 the number of businesses had risen to eight. In 1990 the population was 344. The population was 350 in 2000."
PRIOR CITY NAMES: None
HISTORICAL MARKERS: See Texas Historical Commission's Historic Sites Atlas: atlas.thc.state.tx.us. Includes interactive map plus detailed descriptions of historical markers, cemeteries, museums, all searchable by county.
CEMETERIES: See THC Historic Sites Atlas above.
- Richland Springs
OTHER PROFILES: City Data; ePodunk; Texas Escapes; Travel Texas: No profile Wikipedia
Within the town area, US-190 is known as Coyote Trail.
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BUSINESS & ORGANIZATION DIRECTORY
BROWSER COMMUNITY CHURCH: 10 mi N of Richland Springs on 45. Left on 765 then 1 mile L on CR 260 then 1 more mi.
CHURCH OF CHRIST: 325-372-3821; FM-45 at US-190, Richland Springs, TX 76871.
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH: 325-452-3318; POB J, Richland Springs, TX 76871. abc-usa.org
FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH: 325-452-3314; Richland Springs, TX 76871
SHILOH BIBLE CHURCH: 5003 FM-45, Richland Springs, TX 76871. 5 mi N of Richland Springs
SOUTHERN BAPTIST - PLACID: 915-243-5228; RR 1, Box 33, Richland Springs, TX 76871
SPRING CREEK CHURCH OF CHRIST: 325-623-5577; Spring Creek Rd, Richland Springs, TX 76871
(Police, Fire, EMS/Medical)
CRIME STOPPERS-REPORT ANONYMOUSLY: 1-800-222-8477; or click: Stoppers
RICHLAND SPRINGS VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT: Admin: 325-452-3277; POB 181, 301 N Carter FM-45, Richland Springs, TX 76871
CRISIS HOTLINES: click Hotlines-Emergencies
LOCAL CITY GOVERNMENT:
LOCAL COUNTY GOVERNMENT: See: San Saba County Government Offices
STATE & FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: For offices that represent the Hill Country,
see: Texas & Federal Government Offices
US POSTAL SERVICE (USPS): 800-275-8777; usps.com
Local post office: 325-452-3232; 105 W Main St, Richland Springs, TX 76871
DAY & SEASON HUNTING OPPORTUNITIES:
See full list of leases for this town at: Hunting & Fishing.
(THE) LODGE AT LOCKING HORNS RANCH: 325-247-8631; CR 270, Richland Springs TX 76871. lockinghornsranchlodge.com
Also see nearby for more lodging.
CEN-TEX FERTILIZER INC: 325-452-3244; 604 E Coyote Trl, Richland Springs, TX 76871
JEFFREY BATES EQUIPMENT: 325-452-3268; POB A, Richland Springs, TX 76871
MC KINNERNEY FERTILIZER & CHEMICALS: 325-452-3367; Richland Springs, TX 76871
SAN SABA IRONHORSE: 325-205-0764; 102 Live Oak St, Richland Springs, TX 76871. Web. Motorcycle & ATV repair
TEXAS WATERWELL SERVICES: Richland Springs, TX 76871
JIM BOB EVERETT FARM: 325-623-5548; Richland Springs, TX, 76871
DOS MONTANAS LLC: 325-623-5409; Richland Springs, TX, 76871
SRK RANCH: 325-623-5436; Richland Springs, TX, 76871
JAMES T CAMERON RANCH: 325-623-5470; Richland Springs, TX, 76871
REAL 2 REEL PROPERTY TOURS: 325-452-3385; Richland Springs, TX 76871
T C & E REALTY: 325-452-3207; Old San Saba Hwy, Richland Springs, TX 76871
TEXAS DIRT DEALERS: (formerly MCKINNERNEY & ASSOCIATES REAL ESTATE): 866-305-5100; 866-417-4020; 100 US-190 (100 W Coyote Trl), Richland Springs, TX 76871. texasdirtdealers.com
COYOTE TRAIL BBQ & TANNING: 325-452-3060; 100 E Coyote Trl, Richland Springs, TX 76871
EL RANCHITO: 325-452-3511; Richland Springs, TX 76871
(THE) FEEDLOT PIZZARIA: 325-452-3040; 604 US-190 E, Richland Springs, TX 76871
LITTLE YELLOW DUCK: 325-452-3576; US-190, Richland Springs, TX 76871
RICHLAND SPRINGS CAFE: 325-452-3265; 300 Main St, Richland Springs, TX 76871
STAGECOACH RESTAURANT & ANTIQUES: 325-452-3391; 300 W Main St, Richland Springs, TX 76871
RICHLAND SPRINGS ISD: 325-452-3524; 700 W Coyote Trail, TX 90 W, Richland Springs, TX 76871. rscoyotes.net. A single school serves k-12. UIL: Conf 1. Mascot: Coyotes
LOCAL UTILITY PROVIDERS:
ATMOS ENERGY: 800-460-3030. Dallas HQ Office: 888-286-6700;
Emergencies: 866-322-8667. atmosenergy.com. Natural gas service through underground pipes. Service Coverage Map. Nearest service office: 107 S Lee St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
CENTRAL TEXAS TELEPHONE COOPERATIVE: 325-648-2237; San Saba, TX 76877, cttcinc.com
WEST CENTRAL WIRELESS: 877-506-3207. wcc.net
RICHLAND SPRINGS WATER DEPARTMENT: 325-452-3409; 106 E Main St, Richland Springs, TX 76871
HILL COUNTRY-WIDE UTILITY PROVIDERS:
For Hill Country area utility service providers (electric, gas, water, sewer, trash),
telecom providers (land lines, cellular service, TV, internet), and related services (package delivery, newspaper, etc.), click: Utilities & Telecom
RISING STAR VINEYARDS & WINERY: 325-452-3033; 301 US-190 E, Richland Springs, TX 76871. risingstarvineyards.com
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Upscale Western-style Guest House Lodging
in a Beautiful Ranch Setting in the Gorgeous Texas Hill Country
Reservations & Information: 281-300-7177
9242 RR 1320 (Sandy Road), Johnson City, TX 78636
Web: SandyRoadGuestHaus.com Email: info@SandyRoadGuestHaus.com
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