A Brief History of Richland, Pennsylvania

Born of an independent spirit, Richland residents held a public meeting to explore “The Advantages of a Borough” on August 9, 1906. One week later, they presented a proposed survey, and petition for the creation of a new borough, to the presiding Judge, A.W. Ehrgood, who granted the Charter request. At one time, Richland had more than thirteen industrial establishments employing its residents and inhabitants of nearby towns.

Most notably, the Borough of Richland is uniquely divided by an active railroad crossing built between 1854 and 1857. The then Lebanon Valley Branch of the Philadelphia and Reading Railway intersects our town square to this day, earning mentions in Ripley’s Believe It or Not! books and the television show Jeopardy!

Today, Richland Borough continues to live up to its name through a thriving community of businesses and individuals.

Est. 1906

1.39 Square Miles

Population 1610