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Situated in north-central Riga Township, in southeastern Lenawee County, Riga, Michigan is southwest of US Highway 223, along Riga Highway and its intersections with Cemetery Road, Wegner Road, and East Horton Road.

As an unincorporated community, Riga does not have defined boundaries, although it is the only named locality in the township.

Michigan cities and villages within twenty-five miles from Riga include Blissfield, Deerfield, Petersburg, Adrian, Britton, Tecumseh, Dundee, Luna Pier, Clinton, and Morenci, as well as the Ohio localities of Richfield Center, Amboy, Sylvania, Harding, Ottawa Hills, Fulton, Holland, Swanton, Monclova, and Swan Creek.

Riga Township is largely rural and agricultural, with scattered forest areas. The most intensive areas of development are near the village, although pockets of residential developments can be found along some of the township roads.

The small, residential community has just a few businesses serving local residents and passersby along US-223.

The first European-American settler is believed to have been John Knight, who took a land claim in 1844, and when the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway came through, a station was established as Knight's Station. Later, the railroad was operated by the Erie & Kalamazoo Railroad, and then the Toledo & Western Railroad.

Later, the Reverend Kroenke had the name changed to that of the German hometown of his college roommate, and a post office was established as Riga on February 12, 1851, with Roswell W. Knight as postmaster.

Subject matter for this portion of our guide is focused on the Riga, Michigan community, including local businesses, industries, schools, churches, organizations, attractions, events, and recreational opportunities.



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