Richmond is an ever-growing community located approximately 35 miles northeast of Kansas City, Missouri along Missouri highways 10, 210 and 13. It is known as the Mushroom Capital of the World due to the abundance of morel mushrooms in the area and the popularity of mushroom hunting. To learn more about the morel mushroom check out The Great Morel Home Page (which has a great links page). Richmond is also the county seat to Ray County, with a courthouse that provides the center for a true downtown square area. It has four front doors and no back doors. In fact, the town has two main streets, Main and North Main, that run parallel along the north and south sides of the courthouse.
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Ray County Museum
The Ray County Museum is located on the southwest side of Richmond and is loaded with artifacts dating back to the early 1800's. The city has been home, or the final resting places for two governors - Austin King and Forrest Smith; Joseph Smith, Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer - witnesses to the Book of Mormon; TWA pilot Captain John Testrake of flight 847, hijacked in 1985; a notorious Civil War rebel, a general in the Mexican War, and Bob Ford, the man who shot Jesse James (and yes, Jesse did rob the bank in Richmond).
Richmond Parks & Recreation
There are numerous parks spread throughout Richmond with tennis courts, fishing, swimming pool, baseball diamonds, shelters, war memorabilia, and the usual park "stuff."
Shirkey Golf Club
Shirkey's is an 18 hole par 71 beauty located 35 miles east of KC. It is 7000 yards from the back tees with water, trees, and sand coming into play, making it one of the tougher courses in the Kansas City area. It is kept in excellent shape year round due to watered fairways, concrete cart paths, and a grounds crew unsurpassed in experience and dedication. The course rating/slope from the blue tees is 74.0/136, with a par 36 front covering 3550 yards and a par 35 back covering 3450 yards. The record from the blue tees is held by Robert Russell with a 64, set in August of 1997. The yellow tees are over 3300 yards on the front and 3200 yards on the back. The record for this set of tees was set on August 30, 1990, and is a 62, held by Jeff Adkison, a member of the Shirkey grounds crew. The red tees(women's) cover 2850 yards on the front and 2700 on the back. The red tee low total is held by Mary Pat Smith with a 70, and was set on June 24, 1986. The course is open to public play seven days a week, with tee times required on weekends and holidays only.
Mushroom Festival/Ray County Fair
Richmond is known as the Mushroom Capital of the World due to the abundance of morel mushrooms in the area and the popularity of 'mushroom-hunting' in the spring. The festival occurs the first weekend of May each year with crafts, a parade, beer gardens, a carnival, and eating mushrooms. The Ray County Fair occurs each year in late summer and can be described as your typical small county fair with tractor pulls, a demolition derby, go-cart races, FFA & 4H competitions, and carnival rides.
In 1998 a Super 8 Motel opened in Richmond on Highway 13 South.
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