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Rickenbach
Coat of arms of Rickenbach
Coat of arms
Country Switzerland
Canton Thurgau
District Münchwilen
Area
 • Total 1.56 km2 (0.60 sq mi)
Elevation 550 m (1,800 ft)
Population (Dec 2015 )
 • Total 2,773
 • Density 1,778/km2 (4,604/sq mi)
Postal code 9532
Surrounded by Jonschwil (SG), Kirchberg (SG), Wil (SG), Wilen

Rickenbach is a municipality in the district of Münchwilen in the canton of Thurgau in Switzerland.

History

Rickenbach is first mentioned in 754 as Richinbach. The Abbey of St. Gall acquired land in Rickenbach during the 8th century. Then, in 1471, the Abbey acquired the pledged bailiwick of Rickenbach from Balthasar von Hohenlandenberg. Between 1483-1798 the village was the center of the court of Rickenbach, which also included Wilen, and after 1506, Busswil. The court was administered from Wilen. and was managed by the Office Wiler. The village church was built in 838. It was administered by the Abbey of St. Gall. Though, between 1350-1422 it was a filial church of the church of Kirchberg. From 1529 until 1531 the parish switched temporarily to the Reformed faith. The present church of St. Verena, was established in 1644.

After the end of the three-field system in the 19th century, livestock and dairy farming became the major sources of income. A mill was built in the 13th century and operated until 1919 when it was expanded to become Eberle mills. The expanded mill operated until 2000. The Eschmann Bell Foundry existed until 1973. After the construction of the A1 motorway and the growth of Wil between 1960–90, the population doubled in Rickenbach.

Geography

Aerial View overhead Rickenbach 14.02.2008 14-54-40
Aerial view of Rickenbach

Rickenbach has an area, as of 2009, of 1.56 square kilometers (0.60 sq mi). Of this area, 0.75 km2 (0.29 sq mi) or 48.1% is used for agricultural purposes, while 0.18 km2 (0.069 sq mi) or 11.5% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 0.6 km2 (0.23 sq mi) or 38.5% is settled (buildings or roads), 0.03 km2 (7.4 acres) or 1.9% is either rivers or lakes.

Of the built up area, industrial buildings made up 22.4% of the total area while housing and buildings made up 4.5% and transportation infrastructure made up 0.6%. Power and water infrastructure as well as other special developed areas made up 1.3% of the area while parks, green belts and sports fields made up 9.6%. Out of the forested land, all of the forested land area is covered with heavy forests. Of the agricultural land, 46.2% is used for growing crops, while 1.9% is used for orchards or vine crops. Of the water in the municipality, 1.3% is in lakes and 0.6% is in rivers and streams.

The municipality is located in the Münchwilen district, south of Wil.

Rickenbach TG (Foto Dietrich Michael Weidmann)275
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