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The Town of Riga
Location Southwest of Rochester, in Monroe County, [wikipedia]New York monroe-riga.jpgRiga Township, Monroe County, New York
Google map [WWW]Riga
Detailed map (PDF) [WWW]Detailed map of Riga
Geographical Area 35.3 sq. miles
Population 5,590 as of [wikipedia]the 2010 census
Incorporated 1802
Town website [WWW]http://www.townofriga.org/
Town Hall Riga Town Hall
Home to Village(s) Churchville
Wikipedia article [wikipedia]Riga, NY

History

Notes

Riga is home to Churchville Park, which is more than one square mile in size.

Though the pace of development increased beginning around 1990, it's still largely a rural and agricultural community. Residential development will likely be stymied for awhile as the result of the opening of the Mill Seat Landfill in 1993.

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2005-08-02 12:04:22   Is Riga named after the capital of Latvia, and, if so, why? —TobinFricke


2005-08-02 12:16:30   I don't believe there's an eastern European connection, but I admit I'm at a less to pinpoint the origin of the name. —JohnMoriello


2005-08-02 14:13:39   Lima, Egypt? I'm thinking someone who laied out the county was a geography buff way-back-when. —FarMcKon


2007-05-14 00:17:25   I'm going to Riga, the capital of Latvia this June. Maybe there is a connection? I will report back with my findings. —BenMargolis


2012-11-29 22:38:33   Named after Riga of Russia (at the time Prussia, Now Latvia) Source: Rochester and Monroe County By Federal Writers' Project. New York (State) Prussian immigrants may have encouraged the name. —mattconheady


2012-11-30 19:10:52   Actually, a lot of these town names were given to uninhabited lands when the Holland Land Company bought the Holland Purchase (Phelps-Gorham Purchase) of 1796. As the company sold groups of plots together around a planned town, they often used European town names, sometimes chosen at random, and sometimes to reflect something of a similar aspect to the land being offered. To be put on a map, a town had to have a name, and most of these town names existed before anybody actually lived in them. Such is the case for Riga, Chili, Greece, Batavia, etc. —alex-c