Springfield, Missouri is the third largest city in the state, following Kansas City and St. Louis. The town is unique for its rich history, vibrant downtown and its surrounding Midwestern beauty.
Springfield has more than a few claims to fame. For instance, many people consider the city to be the “birthplace of Route 66,” because it was there that the most famous American highway was first named.
Springfield was also the site of a famous shootout between Wild Bill Hickok and Davis Tutt in 1865. In fact, if you go to Park Central Square today, you’ll see two plaques commemorating the event. The display even shows you where the two men stood when they faced off!
The town is also famous for having been the site of the second major battle of the Civil War, the Battle of Wilson’s Creek. These days you can visit the very well preserved site at Wilson’s Creek National Battleground. You can even take a Battle of Springfield tour.
While Springfield clearly features a storied past, the present can be just as thrilling! Take the so-called “C-Street Stroll” and explore the art galleries,fleamarkets and hip coffee shops. Or just watch the trains from the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge. Or grab a brewski at Lindberg’s Tavern, opened in 1870, earning it the moniker of Springfield’s oldest tavern.
Springfield may be most famous for being the “Gateway to the Great Outdoors.” There are eight nearby state parks. The Mark Twain National Forest is just outside of town where there are over 100 miles of trails for your ATV or mountain bike.
Whether you live in Springfield or you are just visiting, you will never run out of adventures!