County was named for Hon. William A. Richardson,
of Illinois, who was the third Territorial
Governor. The organization of the
county in 1854, when it was created by
of acting Governor Cuming.
the first Territorial Legislature, in
1855, the county was re-organized in present
form. When it was first created it
large amount of the space now a part of
Johnson and Pawnee Counties. The county
On May 30, 1879, the "Irving,
Kansas Tornado" passed thru Richardson
had a path of damage 800 yards wide and
100 miles long. Eighteen people were
killed and sizty were
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updated: February 20, 2014
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