The beginnings of Richfield date back again to the 1850s, when it was even now a modest farming neighborhood. Shut to Minneapolis and Fort Snelling, it was on the edge of a rising and expanding town with enterprise and commerce not far away. 1 of the initial settlers was Riley Bartholomew, a former Common in the Ohio Militia who grew to become a Richfield Justice of the Peace and a Minnesota Condition Senator. Bartholomew constructed a property on the east shore of Wooden Lake in 1852, and the restored Riley Lucas Bartholomew Residence is detailed on the Nationwide Register of Historic Areas. Today, the household and web site are managed by the Richfield Historic Culture. In the early times, Richfield extended as considerably north as Lake Road, and involved current day Edina on the west, and prolonged to the Mississippi and the Minnesota Rivers on the east, and to Bloomington on the south. On May well eleven, 1858 as Congress was admitting Minnesota into the Union, the early citizens of Richfield experienced their initially city assembly. That same year Richfield was named for the fertile farm land it encompassed. By 1879, the community\'s 1st town hall was created. Early inhabitants have been German, Irish and people from the New England place. These residents ended up shortly joined by immigrants from Sweden, Norway and Denmark.
It was not right up until 1908 that Richfield turned a village. From 1908 right up until 1950, Richfield\'s community governing administration consisted of a President, a few trustees, and a clerk. On November seven, 1950 residents voted for a village supervisor sort of authorities, meaning the City had a Mayor, 4 council users, and 1 Town Manager. This is nevertheless the variety of government applied currently. Richfield\'s initially Mayor was Clarence Christian who began serving in 1951 but served as President underneath the old format relationship back again to 1948. By the late nineteen forties, the city\'s inhabitants commenced raising promptly as farmland was sold to developers who ended up developing households for veterans returning from Planet War II. In 1955 the Richfield Chamber of Commerce was shaped and has been deeply concerned in the improvement, as very well as the redevelopment, of the neighborhood because that time.
The 1st 50 percent of the twentieth century also saw the boundaries of Richfield adjust, as annexations decreased the dimensions of the metropolis. Three annexations by Minneapolis introduced the village to 62nd Street, its existing north boundary. In 1888, Edina formed a independent group and in 1905 a area of the east to 34th Avenue was requisitioned by Fort Snelling. In 1941 yet another segment of East Richfield went to the Minneapolis�Saint Paul Worldwide Airport, and by 1955 all of the Wold-Chamberlain Discipline (municipal airport) was divided from the village.