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Richmond Heights MO History

Located just 10 minutes west of St. Louis, the City of Richmond Heights has nestled into a superb corner of the U.S. where taking advantage of city amenities while enjoying autonomy is easy. Its position in the St. Louis metro area leaves the city with an effortless connection to great schools and superior healthcare, and what’s more—the city provides ideal conditions for business growth, making Richmond Heights all the more appealing for settling down. Standing as one of the region’s in-demand communities, it’s no wonder nearly 10,000 people and a multitude of businesses have established Richmond Heights as their permanent residence.

As legend has it, Robert E. Lee happened upon the land that now makes up current-day Richmond Heights after being stationed in St. Louis with the Army Corps of Engineers before the Civil War. Lee was in awe of the area’s natural beauty, which reflected the beauty of the city of Richmond, Virginia—his home state. The name “Richmond” was borrowed, with “Heights” added later due to the city’s land being among the highest in St. Louis County.

Area historical authorities have connected the beginning of the city’s development to a substantial section of land that, at one point, was owned by Frederick Neisen, a well-to-do real estate man from St. Louis. Neisen initially acquired the land from Arman Francois Robert, the Count of Giverville of the

Cabanne family. After obtaining this piece of land in 1892, Neisen constructed a mansion that was located at what is now the intersection of Dale and Bellevue Avenues. Several families joined him in the area over the next decade or so.

The 1904 World’s Fair brought in John Rankin Dyer, a developer who purchased 120 acres just south of Neisen’s property. Over the years, Neisen and Dyer worked together to develop more homes in the area. By Richmond Heights’s incorporation on December 29, 1913, the area was home to a population of 500, which has grown over the years to a modest size of about 10,000.

Prominent residents who have called Richmond Heights home include Aviator Charles Lindbergh, engineer Leif Sverdrup, musician Chuck Berry, sportscaster Jack Buck and sculptor Ernest Trova.

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