subsequent years, Richfield continued to grow with the
development of businesses, hotels, restaurants, railroad
service, and other amenities, reaching a population of
3,584 in 1947.
currently continues to be both a shopping and cultural
center for the central Utah area. The Richfield tabernacle,
completed during 1929-30 and noted for its architectural
beauty, is a frequent setting for the Utah Symphony, Utah
Opera Company, plays, choral programs, and other cultural
Ramsay House (built by Ralph Ramsay, who carved the eagle
which graced an earlier Eagle Gate in Salt Lake City)
has been restored as a museum featuring period furniture
and other memorabilia, as well as a collection of 200
local oral histories. (History copies are also archived
in the city and high school libraries.) A Daughters of
Utah Pioneers museum is also located in the city.
has a municipal airport with a 6,600-foot runway, a modern
42-bed-capacity hospital, and a care center with a 98-bed
capacity. The award-winning Richfield Reaper newspaper
is published weekly. The Daily Spectrum also has
a local office and serves the area. Excellent schools
include Ashman and Pahvant elementaries; Red Hills Middle
School, Richfield High School, and Cedar Ridge Alternative
High School, as well as Sevier Valley Applied Technology
recreation, the city has three parks, a nine-hole golf
course, an indoor/outdoor pool, a bowling alley, and numerous
playing fields. Richfield is located forty-five miles
from Fish Lake, and is surrounded by Zion, Bryce, and
Capitol Reef national parks.
city features an elaborate Fourth of July celebration
including a parade, park activities, and a patriotic pageant.
A county fair is held annually, and a September arts festival
was inaugurated in 1992 and is projected as an annual
event. Another annual event is a light parade held each
worldwide service clubs, including Elks, Rotary, and Lions,
are active in the community, contributing to a quality
lifestyle. Local clubs for both men and women provide
much service as well as social opportunities. Twenty churches
of various denominations also add to community life.
of the surrounding area is devoted to agriculture: hay,
barley, oats, corn silage, cattle, hogs, sheep, turkeys,
commercial feed lots, and dairy herds. Also, a well-developed
business district serves Sevier County as well as adjacent
counties. Government agencies including the Bureau of
Land Management, the Forest Service, and the Agriculture
Stabilization and Conservation Service have their area
offices in Richfield. Governed by a mayor and city council,
the community emphasizes preserving its past as well as
preparing for the future.