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Our Genealogy Helper for Richardson ...

So far, we have found very little information about Richardson. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Richardson to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Richardson, please Contact Us.


We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool which helps us with planning our trips.
  • We're trying to shape our Gazetteer as a tool to help us understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.
  • On our trips, we try to visit those places where our ancestors left their footprints.

By learning about Richardson (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this our Genealogical Helper for Richardson. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the west contained birth and death records; the county to the north contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Although our information shows that the community of Richardson is historic, it would have been located within present day Grand County.

To see how the shape of Utah's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Grand County: Garfield (CO), Mesa (CO), Carbon, Emery, San Juan & Uintah.

Below are the counties that are near Richardson. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Richardson:

  • Grand County     (The home county of Richardson)
    • Castle Valley [Grand County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Castle Valley
      • Castle Valley [Grand County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the south of Richardson
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 351 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Castle Valley have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Castle Valley
    • Castleton [Grand County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Castleton
      • Castleton [Grand County] was located 7 miles [11.3 km]<2> to the southeast of Richardson
    • Dewey [Grand County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dewey
      • Dewey [Grand County] was located 8 miles [12.9 km]<2> to the northeast of Richardson
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dewey have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Wilson's Mesa [Grand County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wilson's Mesa
      • Wilson's Mesa [Grand County] was located 11 miles [17.7 km]<2> to the south of Richardson
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Wilson's Mesa. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
      • Wilson's Mesa has also been known as:
      • Mesa
    • Basin [Grand County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Basin
      • Basin [Grand County] was located 13 miles [20.9 km]<2> to the southeast of Richardson
    • Moab [Grand County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Moab
      • Moab [Grand County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<2> to the southwest of Richardson
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,373 people
      • Former names for Moab:
      • Grand Valley
      • Mormon Fort
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Moab
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Moab<5>
    • Plainfield [Grand County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Plainfield
      • Plainfield [Grand County] was located 15 miles [24.1 km]<2> to the south of Richardson
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Plainfield. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
      • Plainfield has also been known as:
      • Bueno
      • Poverty Flat
      • Poverty Flats
      • Spanish Valley
    • Cisco [Grand County] - Historic
    • Agate [Grand County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Agate
      • Agate [Grand County] was located 22 miles [35.4 km]<2> to the north of Richardson
    • Thompson Springs [Grand County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Thompson Springs
      • Thompson Springs [Grand County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<2> to the northwest of Richardson
      • Thompson Springs has also been known as:
      • Thompson
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Thompson Springs
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Thompson Springs<5>
    • Valley City [Grand County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Valley City
      • Valley City [Grand County] was located 26 miles [41.8 km]<2> to the northwest of Richardson
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Valley City. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
    • Brendel [Grand County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Brendel
      • Brendel [Grand County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<2> to the northwest of Richardson
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Brendel
    • Crescent Junction [Grand County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Crescent Junction
      • Crescent Junction [Grand County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<2> to the northwest of Richardson
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Crescent Junction
  • San Juan County
    • Spanish Valley [San Juan County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Spanish Valley
      • Spanish Valley [San Juan County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<2> to the south of Richardson
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Spanish Valley
    • La Sal [San Juan County]
    • La Sal [San Juan County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for La Sal
      • La Sal [San Juan County] was located 29 miles [46.7 km]<2> to the southeast of Richardson
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for La Sal have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Former name for La Sal:
      • Coyote
      • La Sal has also been known as:
      • Old La Sal
  • Mesa County (CO)
    • Gateway [Mesa County]
    • Glade Park [Mesa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Glade Park
      • Glade Park [Mesa County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<2> to the northeast of Richardson
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Glade Park have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Glade Park
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Glade Park<5>
  • Montrose County (CO)
    • Paradox [Montrose County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Paradox
      • Paradox [Montrose County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<2> to the southeast of Richardson
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Paradox have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Paradox
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Paradox<5>
    • Bedrock [Montrose County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bedrock
      • Bedrock [Montrose County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<2> to the southeast of Richardson
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bedrock have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bedrock
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bedrock<5>

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Richardson, see our County-by-County Page for Richardson.

Newspapers Published in Richardson ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 3 newspapers that have been published in the area around Richardson.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Richardson, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Richardson.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites either offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Richardson:

  • Of Special Interest ...
    • The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.
    • Stories from Colorado
    • Stories from Utah

Cemeteries Near Richardson ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Richardson.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Richardson covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

  • Red Cliffs Cemetery
  • Castle Valley Cemetery
  • Castleton Cemetery
  • Pinhook Battle Site Cemetery
  • Andy Swenson Gravesite
  • Grand Valley Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Sunset Memorial Gardens
    • Hole 'n the Rock Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Hole 'n the Rock Cemetery
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for the Hole 'n the Rock Cemetery. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
      • Hole 'n the Rock Cemetery lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<2> to the south of Richardson.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hole 'n the Rock Cemetery
    • Thompson Springs Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Thompson Springs Cemetery
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for the Thompson Springs Cemetery. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
      • Thompson Springs Cemetery lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<2> to the northwest of Richardson.
      • Thompson Springs Cemetery has also been known as:
      • Thompson Cemetery
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Thompson Springs Cemetery
      • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #77466<6>
    • La Sal Cemetery
    • Sego Cemetery

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.

Richardson itself is historic and was described in the Rand McNally Atlas as having a post office and no railroad service.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Richardson, with the one closest to Richardson listed first.

  • Richardson [Grand County] - Historic
    • While Richardson was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Richardson
    • Richardson [Grand County] was located less than 2 miles<2> to the southeast of Richardson
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Richardson had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Richardson. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
  • Moab [Grand County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Moab
    • Moab [Grand County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<2> to the southwest of Richardson
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 333 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,373 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Moab had a post office and no railroad service
    • Former names for Moab:
    • Grand Valley
    • Mormon Fort
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Moab
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Moab<5>
  • Cisco [Grand County] - Historic
    • While Cisco was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cisco
    • Cisco [Grand County] was located 18 miles [29 km]<2> to the north of Richardson
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Cisco had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cisco<5>
  • Sagers [Grand County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sagers
    • Sagers [Grand County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<2> to the northwest of Richardson
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Sagers had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sagers have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sagers
  • Agate [Grand County] - Historic
    • While Agate was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Agate
    • Agate [Grand County] was located 22 miles [35.4 km]<2> to the north of Richardson
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Agate had railroad service and no post office
  • Thompson Springs [Grand County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Thompson Springs
    • Thompson Springs [Grand County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<2> to the northwest of Richardson
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Thompson Springs had a post office and railroad service
    • Thompson Springs has also been known as:
    • Thompson
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Thompson Springs
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Thompson Springs<5>
  • Continue List ...
    • La Sal [San Juan County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for La Sal
      • La Sal [San Juan County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<2> to the south of Richardson
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, La Sal had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on La Sal
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for La Sal<5>
    • Cottonwood [Grand County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cottonwood
      • Cottonwood [Grand County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<2> to the north of Richardson
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Cottonwood had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cottonwood have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cottonwood
    • La Sal [San Juan County] - Historic
      • While La Sal was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for La Sal
      • La Sal [San Juan County] was located 29 miles [46.7 km]<2> to the southeast of Richardson
      • From the 1895 Atlas, La Sal had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for La Sal have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Former name for La Sal:
      • Coyote
      • La Sal has also been known as:
      • Old La Sal
    • Westwater [Grand County] - Historic
      • While Westwater was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Westwater
      • Westwater [Grand County] was located 29 miles [46.7 km]<2> to the northeast of Richardson
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Westwater had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Westwater have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Richardson. See our List of 1890's Communities around Richardson.

Mentions & References for Richardson

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About Grand County

About Utah

The official website for Grand County: www.grandcountyutah.net/

The official website for State of Utah: https://www.utah.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Richardson, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Richardson) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Richardson. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from RichardsonOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Richardson. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.7021, Longitude: -109.3719    
<3>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<4>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.




 

 

 

 

 


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