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Springfield is the third-largest city in the state of Missouri
and the county seat of Greene County.[5] As of the 2010 census, its population was 159,498. As of 2016, the Census
Bureau estimated its population at 167,319. It is one of the two principal cities of the Springfield-Branson Metropolitan Area, which has a population of 541,991 and includes the counties of Christian, Dallas, Greene, Polk, Webster, Stone and Taney. Springfield's nickname is "Queen City
of the Ozarks" and it is known as the "Birthplace of Route 66". It is home to several universities, including Missouri
State University, Drury University, and Evangel University.


1 History

1.1 Early settlement 1.2 Civil War 1.3 Lynching

2 Geography

2.1 Climate

3 Demographics

3.1 2010 census 3.2 2000 census 3.3 Neighborhoods

3.3.1 Registered 3.3.2 Affiliated neighborhood groups

4 Economy

4.1 Top employers

5 Government 6 Education 7 Parks and recreation 8 Sports 9 Culture

9.1 Country music 9.2 The Ozark Hillbilly
Medallion 9.3 Museums and other points of interest 9.4 National Register of Historic Places

10 Transportation

10.1 Highways 10.2 Airport 10.3 Trains

11 Healthcare 12 Media 13 Sister cities 14 See also 15 Notes 16 References 17 Further reading 18 External links

History[edit] The origin of the city's name is unclear, but the most common view is that it was named for Springfield, Massachusetts. One account holds that James Wilson, who lived in the then unnamed city, offered free whiskey to anyone who would vote for the name Springfield, after his hometown of Springfield, Massachusetts.[6] But in 1883, historian R. I. Holcombe wrote:

"The town took its name from the circumstance of there being a spring under the hill, on the creek, while on top of the hill, where the principal portion of the town lay, there was a field."

The editor of the Springfield Express, Mr. J. G. Newbill, disagreed in the November 11, 1881 issue:

"It has been stated that this city got its name from the fact of a spring and field being near by just west of town. But such is not a correct version. When the authorized persons met and adopted the title of the "Future Great" of the Southwest, several of the earliest settlers had handed in their favorite names, among whom was Kindred Rose, who presented the winning name, "Springfield," in honor of his former home town, Springfield, Tennessee."[7]

Early settlement[edit] The presence of the Native Americans in the area slowed the settlement of the land.[8] Prior to 1830s, the native Kickapoo, Delaware, and the Osage tribes had settled in the general area. On the southeastern side of the city in 1812, about 500 Kickapoo Native Americans built a small village of about 100 wigwams and then abandoned the site in 1828.[7] The first settler to the area was John Polk Cambell and his brother who moved to the area in 1829 from Tennessee. He chose the area because of the presence of a natural well that flowed into a small stream. He staked his claim by carving his initials in a tree.[8] Cambell was joined by settlers Thomas Finney, Samuel Weaver, and Joseph Miller. They proceeded to clear the land of trees for the creation of farms. A small general store was soon opened.[7] In 1833, the southern part of the state was named Greene County after General Nathanael Greene.[8] The legislature deeded 50 acres of land to John Campbell for the creation of a county seat in 1835. Campbell then laid out city streets and lots.[9] The town was officially laid out in 1835 and incorporated in 1838.[10] In 1878, the town got is nickname the "Queen City
of the Ozarks."[8] The Trail of Tears
Trail of Tears
passed though Springfield during the 1838 relocation of the Cherokee
natives to Oklahoma.[11] The Trail of Tears passed along the area known as the Old Wire Road.[12] Civil War[edit] By 1861, Springfield's population had grown to approximately 2,000 and it had become an important commercial hub. At the start of the American Civil War, Springfield was divided in its loyalty. The Union and Confederate armies both recognized the city's strategic importance. This led to the Battle of Wilson's Creek
Battle of Wilson's Creek
on August 10, 1861, in which opposing forces clashed a few miles southwest of town.[7] The battle was a Confederate victory. Union troops retreated to Lebanon to regroup. When they returned, they found that most of the Confederate army had withdrawn.[12] On October 25, 1861, Major Charles Zagonyi led an attack against the remaining Confederates in the area, in a battle known as the First Battle of Springfield, or Zagonyi's Charge. Zagonyi's men removed the Confederate flag from Springfield's public square and returned to camp. It was the only Union victory in southwestern Missouri
in 1861.[13] The increased military activity in the area set the stage for the Battle of Pea Ridge
Battle of Pea Ridge
in northern Arkansas in March 1862.[12] On January 8, 1863, Confederate forces under General John S. Marmaduke advanced to take control of Springfield and an urban fight ensued. But that evening, the Confederates withdrew. This became known as the Second Battle of Springfield. Marmaduke sent a message to the Union forces asking that the Confederate casualties have a proper burial. The city remained under Union control for the remainder of the war.[12] Springfield continued to be used as a supply base and central point of operation for military activities in the area.[7] Lynching[edit] On April 14, 1906, a mob broke into the town jail, then lynched two black men, Horace Duncan and Fred Coker, for allegedly sexually assaulting Mina Edwards, a white woman. Later they returned to the jail and lynched another black man, Will Allen, accused of murder. The victims were hanged and burned in the town square by a mob of more than 2,000. The men were hanged from the Gottfried Tower, which held a replica of the Statue of Liberty. Judge Azariah W. Lincoln called for a grand jury. The proceedings were covered in both the New York and Los Angeles Times. In the immediate aftermath, two commemorative coins were reportedly issued. Evidence, including testimony from Duncan's and Coker's employer, suggested that all three men were innocent. The lynching sparked a mass exodus of African-Americans, who remain a small minority in Springfield. A plaque on the southeast corner of the square serves as reminder.[14][15] Geography[edit]

Satellite view of Springfield

Springfield is at 37°11′42″N 93°17′10″W / 37.19500°N 93.28611°W / 37.19500; -93.28611 (37.195098, −93.286213),[16] on the Springfield Plateau of the Ozarks. According to the United States Census
Bureau, the city has a total area of 82.31 square miles (213.2 square kilometres), of which 81.72 square miles (211.7 square kilometres) is land and 0.59 square miles (1.5 square kilometres) (0.7%) is water.[1] The city of Springfield is mainly flat with rolling hills and cliffs surrounding its south, east, and north sections. Springfield is on the Springfield Plateau, which reaches from Northwest Arkansas to Central Missouri. Most of the plateau is characterized by forest, pastures and shrub-scrub habitats.[17] Many streams and tributaries such as the James River, Galloway Creek and Jordan Creek flow within or near the city. Nearby lakes include Table Rock Lake, Stockton Lake, McDaniel Lake, Fellows Lake, Lake Springfield, and Pomme de Terre Lake. Springfield is near the population center of the United States, about 80 miles (130 km) to the east. Climate[edit]

Lightning over downtown Springfield

Springfield has four distinct seasons. It experiences an average surface wind velocity comparable to Chicago's, according to information compiled at the National Climatic Data Center
National Climatic Data Center
at NOAA.[18] It is placed within "Power Class 3" in the Wind Energy Resource Atlas published by a branch of the U.S. Department of Energy; having an average wind speed range of 6.4 to 7.0 miles per hour.[19] Springfield lies in the northern limits of a humid subtropical climate (Cfa), as defined by the Köppen climate classification
Köppen climate classification
system. As such, it experiences times of exceptional humidity; especially in late summer.[20] The monthly daily average temperature ranges from 32.6 °F (0.3 °C) in January to 78.2 °F (25.7 °C) in July. On average, there are 39 days of 90 °F (32 °C)+ highs, 2.0 days of 100 °F (38 °C)+ highs, 16 days where the high fails to rise above freezing, and 2.5 nights of lows at or below 0 °F (−18 °C) per year.[21] It has an average annual precipitation of 45.6 inches (1,160 mm), including an average 17.0 inches (43 cm) of snow. Extremes in temperature range from −29 °F (−34 °C) on February 12, 1899 up to 113 °F (45 °C) on July 14, 1954. According to a 2007 story in Forbes
magazine's list of "America's Wildest Weather Cities" and the Weather Variety Index, Springfield is the city with the most varied weather in the United States. On May 1, 2013, Springfield reached a high temperature of 81 degrees Fahrenheit. By the evening of May 2, snow was falling, persisting into the following day and eventually accumulating to about two inches.[22][23]

Climate data for Springfield–Branson National Airport, Missouri (1981−2010 normals,[a] extremes 1888−present[b])

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Record high °F (°C) 76 (24) 84 (29) 92 (33) 93 (34) 95 (35) 101 (38) 113 (45) 108 (42) 104 (40) 93 (34) 83 (28) 77 (25) 113 (45)

Mean maximum °F (°C) 65.6 (18.7) 71.1 (21.7) 78.8 (26) 83.7 (28.7) 86.9 (30.5) 92.4 (33.6) 96.9 (36.1) 98.2 (36.8) 92.3 (33.5) 84.2 (29) 75.0 (23.9) 66.3 (19.1) 99.6 (37.6)

Average high °F (°C) 42.9 (6.1) 48.2 (9) 57.5 (14.2) 67.2 (19.6) 75.3 (24.1) 83.8 (28.8) 88.8 (31.6) 89.0 (31.7) 80.3 (26.8) 69.0 (20.6) 56.7 (13.7) 44.9 (7.2) 67.1 (19.5)

Average low °F (°C) 22.4 (−5.3) 26.1 (−3.3) 35.2 (1.8) 44.3 (6.8) 54.4 (12.4) 63.1 (17.3) 67.6 (19.8) 66.6 (19.2) 57.7 (14.3) 46.5 (8.1) 35.4 (1.9) 25.0 (−3.9) 45.5 (7.5)

Mean minimum °F (°C) 3.0 (−16.1) 7.2 (−13.8) 16.3 (−8.7) 27.8 (−2.3) 39.3 (4.1) 50.2 (10.1) 57.1 (13.9) 54.6 (12.6) 40.0 (4.4) 29.4 (−1.4) 18.4 (−7.6) 5.0 (−15) −3 (−19)

Record low °F (°C) −19 (−28) −29 (−34) −8 (−22) 16 (−9) 29 (−2) 42 (6) 44 (7) 44 (7) 30 (−1) 18 (−8) 4 (−16) −16 (−27) −29 (−34)

Average precipitation inches (mm) 2.47 (62.7) 2.52 (64) 3.62 (91.9) 4.32 (109.7) 5.10 (129.5) 4.85 (123.2) 3.68 (93.5) 3.55 (90.2) 4.61 (117.1) 3.59 (91.2) 4.22 (107.2) 3.04 (77.2) 45.57 (1,157.5)

Average snowfall inches (cm) 5.4 (13.7) 3.6 (9.1) 2.4 (6.1) trace 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) trace 0.7 (1.8) 4.9 (12.4) 17.0 (43.2)

Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 8.2 7.8 10.5 10.5 12.0 10.6 8.4 7.9 7.6 9.5 9.4 8.9 111.3

Average snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) 3.5 2.9 1.4 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0.1 0.7 2.8 11.5

Average relative humidity (%) 68.3 68.5 65.2 64.5 70.7 72.3 70.4 69.5 72.9 68.2 69.6 70.9 69.3

Mean monthly sunshine hours 167.6 157.4 208.7 236.4 268.0 282.7 321.6 292.1 237.6 217.3 155.1 145.9 2,690.4

Percent possible sunshine 54 52 56 60 61 64 72 70 64 62 51 49 60

Source: NOAA
(relative humidity and sun 1961−1990)[21][24][25]


Historical population

Census Pop.

1850 415

1860 1,235


1870 5,555


1880 6,522


1890 21,850


1900 23,267


1910 35,201


1920 39,631


1930 57,527


1940 61,238


1950 66,731


1960 95,865


1970 120,096


1980 133,116


1990 140,494


2000 151,580


2010 159,498


Est. 2016 167,319 [3] 4.9%

U.S. Decennial Census[26] 2015 Estimate[27]

2010 census[edit] As of the 2010 census,[2] there were 159,498 people, 69,754 households, and 35,453 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,951.8 inhabitants per square mile (753.6/km2). There were 77,620 housing units at an average density of 949.8 per square mile (366.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 88.7% White, 4.1% African American, 0.8% Native American, 1.9% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 1.2% from other races, and 3.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.7% of the population. There were 69,754 households of which 23.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.4% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 49.2% were non-families. 37.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.13 and the average family size was 2.81. The median age in the city was 33.2 years. 18.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 18.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26% were from 25 to 44; 22.7% were from 45 to 64; and 14.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.5% male and 51.5% female. 2000 census[edit] According to the 2000 United States Census,[28] 151,580 people, 64,691 households, and 35,709 families resided in the city. The population density was 2,072.0 people per square mile (800.0/km2). There were 69,650 housing units at an average density of 952.1/mi2 (367.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.69% White, 3.27% African American, 0.75% Native American, 1.36% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 0.88% from other races, and 1.95% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.31% of the population. There were 64,691 households out of which 24.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.7% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.8% were non-families. 35.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.82. In the city 19.9% were under the age of 18, 17.4% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 19.8% from 45 to 64, and 14.9% were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 92.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.0 males. The median income for a household in the city was $29,563, and the median income for a family was $38,114. Males had a median income of $27,778 versus $20,980 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,711. About 9.9% of families and 15.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.1% of those under age 18 and 7.9% of those age 65 or over. Neighborhoods[edit] Registered[edit] Registered neighborhoods include:[29] Bissett, Bradford Park, Doling, Grant Beach, Heart of the Westside, Midtown, Oak Grove, Parkcrest, Phelps Grove, Robberson, Rountree, Tom Watkins, Weller, West Central, Westside Community Betterment, and Woodland Heights Affiliated neighborhood groups[edit] Affiliated neighborhood groups unregistered with the city include:[29]

Cinnamon On The Hill Cinnamon Square Cooper Estates Fox Grape Kay Pointe Kingsbury Forest Lakewood Village Mission Hills National Place Parkwest Village Parkwood Survival Quail Creek Ravenwood South Sherman Ave Project Area Spring Creek Coachlight

Economy[edit] Springfield's economy is based on health care, manufacturing, retail, education, and tourism.[30] With a Gross Metropolitan Product of $13.66 billion in 2004, Springfield's economy makes up 6.7% of the Gross State Product of Missouri.[31] Total retail sales exceed $4.1 billion annually in Springfield and $5.8 billion in the Springfield MSA. Its largest shopping mall is Battlefield Mall. According to the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau, an estimated 3,000,000 overnight visitors and day-trippers annually visit the city. The city has more than 60 lodging facilities and 6,000 hotel rooms. The Convention & Visitors Bureau spends more than $1,000,000 annually marketing the city as a travel destination. Positronic, Bass Pro
Bass Pro
Shops, John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, BKD, Noble & Associates, Prime, Inc., Springfield ReManufacturing, and O'Reilly Auto Parts
O'Reilly Auto Parts
have their national headquarters in Springfield.[32] In addition, two major American Christian denominations—General Council of the Assemblies of God in the United States of America (one of the largest of the Pentecostal denominations) and Baptist Bible Fellowship International
Baptist Bible Fellowship International
(a fundamentalist Baptist denomination founded by J. Frank Norris)—are headquartered in the city as well.

Jordan Valley Park

Top employers[edit] According to the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce,[33] the top 2014 employers in the metro area are:

# Employer # of Employees

1 Mercy Health System 9,004

2 CoxHealth 7,891

3 Wal-Mart 3,567

4 Springfield Public Schools 3,206

5 Missouri
State University 2,583

6 Bass Pro
Bass Pro
Shops/Tracker Marine 2,557

7 United States Government 2,400

8 State of Missouri 2,326

9 Citizens Memorial Healthcare 1,900

10 City
of Springfield 1,607

11 O'Reilly Auto Parts 1,458

12 Chase Card Services 1,397


Springfield City

Springfield city government is based on the council-manager system. By charter, the city has eight council members, each elected for a four-year term on a nonpartisan basis, and a mayor elected for a two-year term. The mayor is Ken McClure. Council members include Phyllis Ferguson (Zone 1), Dr. Thomas Prater (Zone 2), Mike Schilling (Zone 3), Craig Fishel (Zone 4), Jan Fisk (General A), Craig Hosmer (General B), Kristi Fulnecky (General C) and Richard Ollis (General D). Greg Burris, the city manager, appointed by the council to be the city's chief executive and administrative officer, enforces the laws as required by the city charter. The presiding officer at council meetings is the mayor. Council meetings are held every other Monday night in City
Council Chambers. City
council elections are held the first Tuesday in April. City
Utilities of Springfield (CU) is a city-owned utility serving the Springfield area with electricity, natural gas, water, telecommunications and transit services. CU provides service to over 106,000 customers. Education[edit] The Springfield Public School District is the largest district in the state of Missouri
with an official fall 2011 enrollment of 24,366 students attending 50 schools.[34] Public high schools include Central High School, Kickapoo High School, Hillcrest High School, Parkview High School, and Glendale High School. Private high schools include Springfield Sudbury School, Summit Preparatory School, Greenwood Laboratory School, New Covenant Academy, Springfield Lutheran School, Springfield Catholic High School, Christian Schools of Springfield, and Grace Classical Academy.

View toward Missouri
State University's Historic Quadrangle

Springfield has several colleges and universities. Founded in 1905 as the Fourth District Normal School, Missouri
State University (MSU) is the state's second largest university by enrollment, with over 24,000 students.[35] For the seventh consecutive year, MSU was selected for The Princeton Review's 2010 list of "Best Colleges: Region by Region." Drury University
Drury University
is a private university with nearly 5,000 students[36] and consistently ranks in U.S. News & World Report's Top 10 Universities in the Midwest.[37] Ozarks
Technical Community College (OTC) is the second largest college in the city of Springfield, having more than 15,000 students in attendance.[38] MSU, Drury, and OTC are all located in and around downtown Springfield. Other colleges in Springfield include Baptist Bible College, Evangel University and Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, and Cox College (Nursing and Allied Health). Branch campuses in Springfield include Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of Southwest Baptist University,[39] Everest College, Columbia College, Webster University, and University of Phoenix. In 2013, a consolidation of Central Bible College, the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, and Evangel University occurred and is now known as Evangel University. Parks and recreation[edit] The Springfield-Greene County Park Board manages 3,200 acres and 103 sites,[40] including the Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, which contains the historic Gray-Campbell Farmstead, Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden, Master Gardener demonstration gardens, Dr. Bill Roston Native Butterfly House, and Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center;[41] the Rutledge-Wilson Farm Community Park; the Mediacom Ice Park; the Cooper Park and Sports Complex; the Dickerson Park Zoo; and various other public parks, community centers, and facilities.[42] The non-profit Ozark Greenways Inc. promotes trail recreation and local bicycling through the establishment of greenway trails, including a 35-mile crushed-gravel trail, the Frisco Highline Trail connecting Springfield to the town of Bolivar, and smaller trails connecting parks and sites of interest within the town and county.[43] The Missouri
Department of Conservation operates the Springfield Nature Center and numerous nearby conservation areas.[44] The National Park Service
National Park Service
operates the nearby Wilson's Creek National Battlefield.[45] Springfield’s metropolitan area is reasonably well-developed, but situated within close distance of recreational lakes, waterways, caves, and forests, such as the James River, Busiek State Forest, Lake Springfield, Table Rock Lake, Buffalo National River, Ozark National Scenic Riverways, and Fantastic Caverns. Sports[edit] Springfield plays host to college teams from Missouri
State University (NCAA Division I-Football Championship Subdivision), Drury University (NCAA Division II), Evangel University (NAIA) and few minor professional teams (see below). The Springfield Cardinals, the Double-A affiliate of the St. Louis
St. Louis
Cardinals, have played at Hammons Field in downtown Springfield since their inaugural season in 2005. Springfield is also home to a number of amateur sporting events. The PGA sponsored Price Cutter Charity Championship
Price Cutter Charity Championship
is played at Highland Springs Country Club on the southeast side of Springfield. The Missouri
Sports Hall of Fame is located near the city as well. JQH Arena, which opened in 2009, is home to the Missouri
State University Bears and Lady Bears basketball teams, and O'Reilly Family Events Center, which opened fall 2010, is now the new home to the Drury University Panthers men's and women's basketball teams. Springfield Rugby Football Club (SRFC) was established in 1983 and is a well-known rugby club in the Midwestern United States. SRFC plays in Division III of the Frontier Region of the Western Conference and runs teams for men, women and youth of the area.

Club League Venue Established Championships

Springfield Cardinals Texas League, Baseball Hammons Field 2005 1

Springfield Lasers WTT, Team tennis Cooper Tennis Complex 1996 0

Culture[edit] Like many cities across the nation, Springfield has seen a resurgence in its downtown area. Many of the older buildings have been, and are continuing to be, renovated into mixed-use buildings such as lofts, office space, restaurants, coffee shops, bars, boutiques, and music venues. The Downtown Springfield CID (Community Improvement District) has historic theaters that have been restored to their original state, including the Gillioz Theatre
Gillioz Theatre
and the Landers Theatre. In 2001, Phase I of Jordan Valley Park opened along with the Mediacom Ice Park. Phase II of Jordan Valley Park was completed in 2012. 2001 also saw the opening of The Creamery Arts Center, a city-owned building inside Jordan Valley Park. It is home to the Springfield Regional Arts Council, Springfield Regional Opera, Springfield Ballet, and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and provides office and meeting space for other arts organizations which serve the community. The center has been renovated to include two art galleries with monthly exhibitions, an Arts Library, rehearsal studios, and classrooms offering art workshops and hands-on activities. The facilities also include an outdoor classroom. A March 2009 New York Times article[46] described the history and ascendancy of cashew chicken in Springfield, where local variations of the popular Chinese dish are ubiquitous. There are several arts events that occur annually including the Walnut Street Arts Fest and the Missouri
Literary Festival.[47][48] The First Friday Art Walk occurs the first Friday of every month. Country music[edit] During the 1950s, Springfield ranked third in the U.S. for originating network television programs, behind New York and Hollywood. Four nationally broadcast television series originated from the city between 1955 and 1961: Ozark Jubilee
Ozark Jubilee
and its spin-off, Five Star Jubilee; Talent Varieties; and The Eddy Arnold Show. All were carried live by ABC except for Five Star Jubilee
Five Star Jubilee
on NBC
and were produced by Springfield's Crossroads TV Productions, owned by Ralph D. Foster. Many of the biggest names in country music frequently visited or lived in Springfield at the time. City
officials estimated the programs meant about 2,000 weekly visitors and "over $1,000,000 in fresh income."[49] Staged at the Jewell Theatre (demolished in 1961), Ozark Jubilee
Ozark Jubilee
was the first national country music TV show to feature top stars and attract a significant viewership. Five Star Jubilee, produced from the Landers Theatre, was the first network color television series to originate outside of New York City
or Hollywood.[50] Ironically, Springfield's NBC
affiliate, KYTV-TV
(which helped produce the program), was not equipped to broadcast in color and aired the show in black-and-white. The ABC, NBC
and Mutual radio networks also all carried country music shows nationally from Springfield during the decade, including KWTO'S Korn's-A-Krackin' (Mutual). Country music
Country music
legend Conway Twitty
Conway Twitty
died suddenly in Springfield after a show in Branson. The Ozark Hillbilly
Medallion[edit] The Springfield Chamber of Commerce once presented visiting dignitaries with an "Ozark Hillbilly
Medallion" and a certificate proclaiming the honoree a "hillbilly of the Ozarks." On June 7, 1953, U.S. President Harry Truman
Harry Truman
received the medallion after a breakfast speech at the Shrine Mosque for a reunion of the 35th Division. Other recipients included US Army
US Army
generals Omar Bradley
Omar Bradley
and Matthew Ridgway, US Representative Dewey Short, J. C. Penney, Johnny Olson, Ralph Story and disc jockey Nelson King.[51][52] Museums and other points of interest[edit]

Air & Military Museum of the Ozarks American Civil War
American Civil War
Library at Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Battle of Springfield Driving Tour Commercial Street Historic District The Creamery Arts Center Dickerson Park Zoo Dr. Michael J. Clarke History Museum of Ozarks
Scouting Flower Pentecostal
Heritage Center Founders Park Gray-Campbell Farmstead

History Museum on the Square Missouri
Institute of Natural Science - Riverbluff Cave Springfield Art Museum Springfield-Greene County Library District St. John's Episcopal Church Trail of Tears
Trail of Tears
National Historic Trail US Route 66
US Route 66
marker Wild Bill Hickok–Davis Tutt shootout
Wild Bill Hickok–Davis Tutt shootout
site Wonders of Wildlife Museum & Aquarium

Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Mosque

National Register of Historic Places[edit] For a complete list, see National Register of Historic Places in Springfield, Missouri.

Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Mosque Ambassador Apartments Bailey School Bentley House Benton Avenue AME Church Camp Manor Apartments Campbell Avenue Historic District Christ Episcopal Church College Apartments Commercial Street Historic District Day House Fallin Brothers Building Finkbiner Building Franklin Springfield Motor Co. Building Gillioz Theatre Gottfried Furniture Company Building Greene County Courthouse Heer's Department Store Heercleff Holland Building Hotel Sansone Jefferson Avenue Footbridge Keet-McElhany House J.E. King Manufacturing Company Robert B. and Vitae A. Kite Apartment Building Landers Theatre Lincoln School Marquette Hotel Marx-Hurlburt Building McDaniel Building Mid-Town Historic District

Netter-Ullman Building D.M. Oberman Manufacturing Co. Building Old Calaboose Palace Hotel Pearl Apartments and Windsor Apartments Pearson Creek Archeological District Producers Produce Company Plant Pythian Castle Rail Haven Motel Rock Fountain Court Historic District Route 66 Steak 'n Shake St. John's Mercy Hospital Building St. Paul Block Henry Schneider Building South Avenue Commercial Historic District South-McDaniel-Patton Commercial Historic District Springfield Furniture Company Springfield Grocer Company Warehouse Springfield National Cemetery Springfield Public Square Historic District Springfield Seed Co. Office and Warehouse Springfield Warehouse and Industrial Historic District Stone Chapel U.S. Customhouse and Post Office Walnut Street Commercial Historic District Walnut Street Historic District West Walnut Street Commercial Historic District E. M. Wilhoit Building Edward M. and Della C. Wilhoit House Wise Feed Company Building Woods-Evertz Stove Company Historic District

Transportation[edit] Highways[edit] Springfield is served by Interstate 44, which connects the city with St. Louis
St. Louis
and Tulsa, Oklahoma. Route 13 (Kansas Expressway) carries traffic north towards Kansas City. U.S. Route 60, U.S. Route 65, and U.S. Route 160 pass through the city. Major streets include Glenstone Avenue, Sunshine Street (Missouri Route 413), National Avenue, Division Street, Campbell Avenue, Kansas Expressway, Battlefield Road, Republic Road, West Bypass, Chestnut Expressway and Kearney Street.

Highway 65 leading to I-44

Springfield is also the site of the first diverging diamond interchange within the United States, at the intersection of I-44 and MO-13 (Kansas Expressway) (at 37°15′01″N 93°18′39″W / 37.2503°N 93.3107°W / 37.2503; -93.3107 (Springfield, Missouri
diverging diamond interchange)). U.S. Route 66
U.S. Route 66
and U.S. Route 166 formerly passed through Springfield, and sections of historic US 66 can still be seen in the city. US 166's eastern terminus was once in the northeast section of the city, and US 60 (westbound) originally ended in downtown Springfield. US 60 now goes through town on James River
James River
Freeway. In mid-November 2013, the city began discussing plans to upgrade sections of Schoolcraft Freeway (Highway 65) and James River
James River
Freeway (Highway 60) through the city to Interstate 44. The main reason is to minimize confusion should there be an incident on I-44 as a detour route. Airport[edit] Springfield-Branson National Airport
Springfield-Branson National Airport
(SGF) serves the city with direct flights to 10 cities. It is the principal air gateway to the Springfield region. The Downtown Airport is also a public-use airport located near downtown. In May 2009, the Springfield-Branson airport opened a new passenger terminal. Financing included $97 million in revenue bonds issued by the airport and $20 million of discretionary federal aviation funds, with no city taxes used. The building includes 275,000 square feet (25,500 m2), 10 gates (expandable to 60) and 1,826 parking spaces. Direct connections from Springfield are available to Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Destin/Ft. Walton Beach, Ft. Myers, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando, Phoenix and Tampa. No international flights have regular service into Springfield-Branson, but it does serve international charters. Trains[edit] Passenger trains have not served Springfield since 1967, but more than 65 freight trains travel to, from, and through the city each day. Springfield was once home to the headquarters and main shops of the St. Louis-San Francisco Railroad (Frisco). Into the 1960s, the Kansas City-Florida Special
ran from Kansas City
to Jacksonville, Florida, and the Sunnyland ran between Kansas City
and Birmingham and New Orleans. The railroad also operated two daily trains to St. Louis through Springfield: the Meteor and the Will Rogers. Both continued southwest to Oklahoma City
via Tulsa. The Meteor continued on to Lawton, Oklahoma. The Frisco was absorbed by the Burlington Northern
Burlington Northern
(BN) in 1980, and in 1994 the BN merged with the Santa Fe, creating the current Burlington Northern
Burlington Northern
Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway. BNSF has three switch yards (two small) in Springfield. Mainlines to and from Kansas City, St. Louis, Memphis and Tulsa converge at the railroad's yard facility in northern Springfield. In October 2006, BNSF announced plans to upgrade its Tulsa and Memphis mainlines into Springfield to handle an additional four to six daily intermodal freight trains between the West Coast and the Southeast. The Missouri
and Northern Arkansas Railroad also operates several miles of (former Missouri
Pacific) industrial track in the city. Healthcare[edit]

The entrance to the United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners

Springfield is a regional medical center with six hospitals and more than 2,200 beds. The city's health care system offers every specialty listed by the American Medical Association. Two of the top 100 hospitals in the U.S. ( CoxHealth
and Mercy Health System) are in Springfield, and both are in the midst of expansion projects. The industry employs 30,000 people in the Springfield metro area. The United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners, one of six federal institutions designed to handle federal inmates' medical concerns, is at the corner of W. Sunshine Street and Kansas Expressway.[53] Media[edit] The city's major daily newspaper is the Springfield News-Leader. Other newspapers for Springfield include Daily Events (daily), Community Free Press (bi-weekly), Springfield Business Journal (weekly), The Standard (weekly), and TAG Magazine (monthly). Television stations broadcast in Springfield include KYTV (NBC/Weather), KGHZ
(independent, MyNetworkTV), KWBM
(Daystar), KRFT (Mundo/TNN/RETRO TV). The Springfield Designated Market Area (SPR-DMA) is the 75th largest in the United States. The area is composed of 31 counties in southwest Missouri
and Arkansas. There are 423,010 television-owning households.[54] The radio stations received in Springfield are:




Sister cities[edit]

Isesaki, Japan[55] Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, Mexico[55]

See also[edit]


List of people from Springfield, Missouri List of tallest buildings in Springfield, Missouri The Springfield Three Tiny Town


^ Mean monthly maxima and minima (i.e. the highest and lowest temperature readings during an entire month or year) calculated based on data at said location from 1981 to 2010. ^ Official records for Springfield were kept at downtown from January 1888 to December 1939, Downtown Airport from January 1940 to July 1940, and at Springfield–Branson National Airport
Springfield–Branson National Airport
since August 1940. For more information, see ThreadEx.


^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census
Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-07-14. Retrieved 2012-07-08.  ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census
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Travel & Tourism - Ozarks/Midwest Vacations". www.springfieldmo.org. Retrieved 2017-09-06.  ^ "Zagonyi's Charge". thelibrary.org. Retrieved 2017-09-06.  ^ " Ozarks
Afro-American History Museum Online Springfield: April 14, 1906 · Lynchings and Exodus". oaahm.omeka.net. Retrieved 2016-10-31.  ^ "Historic Joplin » Blog Archive » 105th Anniversary of Springfield's 'Easter Offering'". www.historicjoplin.org. Retrieved 2016-10-31.  ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.  ^ " Missouri
Breeding Bird Atlas 1986 - 1992: The Natural Divisions of Missouri". Mdc.mo.gov. Retrieved 2010-10-21.  ^ "Wind- Average Wind Speed- (MPH)". 2011-03-03. Retrieved 2017-08-11.  ^ "Wind Energy Resource Atlas of the United States". RREDC - NREL. 1986. Retrieved 15 March 2011.  ^ "Average Relative Humidity(%)". NCDC - NOAA. 2001. Retrieved 15 March 2011.  ^ a b "NowData - NOAA
Online Weather Data". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved 2016-09-07.  ^ Van Riper, Tom (2007-07-20). "In Pictures: America's Wildest Weather Cities: No. 9: Most Variety (biggest variations in temperature, precipitation, wind), Springfield, Mo". Forbes. Archived from the original on 2016-03-10.  ^ Haugland, Matt (1998). "Cities with most weather variety". Weather Pages. Retrieved 15 March 2011.  ^ "Station Name: MO SPRINGFIELD". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved 2016-09-07.  ^ "WMO Climate Normals for SPRINGFIELD/REGIONAL AP MO 1961–1990". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved 2014-03-11.  ^ United States Census
Bureau. " Census
of Population and Housing". Retrieved July 10, 2013.  ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". United States Census
Bureau. Archived from the original on October 19, 2016. Retrieved June 16, 2016.  ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census
Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  ^ a b "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-06-02. Retrieved 2013-03-02.  ^ "Our Community". Coxhealth.com. 2006-09-30. Retrieved 2010-06-08.  ^ "The Role of Metro Areas in the U.S. Economy" (PDF). U.S. Conference of Mayors. March 2006. p. 119. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-12-16. Retrieved 2009-12-26.  ^ "Springfield Business Development Corporation". Business4springfield.com. Retrieved 2010-06-08.  ^ "Major Employers Springfield Regional Economic Partnership". Springfieldregion.com. 2014-06-20. Retrieved 2017-04-28.  ^ "Springfield now largest Missouri
school district". Springfield News-Leader. 2011-12-14.  ^ " Missouri
State University sets another fall enrollment record". 20 September 2017. Retrieved 4 December 2017.  ^ Miller, Mark (2010-09-28). "Drury University's fall 2010 census reveals record enrollment". Drury.edu. Archived from the original on 2011-07-18.  ^ "Drury University: Quick Stats". Drury.edu. Retrieved 2010-06-08.  ^ "New students, new spaces at OTC this fall". Otc.edu. Retrieved 2010-06-08.  ^ "SBU-Springfield Campus]". Retrieved 2017-04-28.  ^ "Springfield-Greene County Park Board About Us" ^ "History and Background of Nathanael Greene
Nathanael Greene
Close Memorial Park" ^ "Springfield-Greene County Park Board Facilities" ^ "Ozark Greenways Maps" ^ "Springfield CNC" ^ " National Park Service
National Park Service
- Wilson's Creek National Battlefield" ^ Edge, John T., Missouri
Chinese: Two Cultures Claim This Chicken, March 10, 2009, https://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/11/dining/11cashew.html ^ "First Friday Art Walk – Springfield, MO ". Ffaw.org. Retrieved 2017-04-28.  ^ " Missouri
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Further reading[edit]

McIntyre, Stephen L., ed. Springfield's Urban Histories: Essays on the Queen City
of the Missouri
(Springfield: Moon City
Press, 2012) 352 pp.

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Springfield, Missouri.

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Springfield (Missouri).

has the text of an 1879 American Cyclopædia
American Cyclopædia
article about Springfield.

of Springfield Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce Downtown Springfield Historic maps of Springfield in the Sanborn Maps of Missouri Collection at the University of Missouri

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County seat: Springfield


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