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The Kickapoo and Delaware Native American tribes lived in what would become the southern portion of the US state of Missouri at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Missouri constituted part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Missouri officially became a state on August 10th, 1821. The city of Springfield, Missouri was founded by the Tennessee homesteader John Polk Campbell in 1830. Springfield was possibly named for Springfield, Massachusetts or even Springfield, Robertson County, Tennessee. There is also a prevailing theory that Springfield, Missouri is called “Springfield” due to there being both a spring and a field in the area. The debate rages on. The city of Springfield, Missouri was officially incorporated in 1838.
Modern day Springfield, Missouri, according to a 2015 estimate by the US Census Bureau, has a total population of 166,810 people. This makes it the third largest city in the state of Missouri and the 150th most populous city nationwide. Springfield, Missouri is part of the Springfield-Branson Metropolitan Area, which according to that same estimate, has a total population of 456,456 people. This makes the Springfield-Branson Metropolitan Area the 138th most populous metropolitan area in the United States of America.
Springfield, Missouri has the honor of containing the national headquarters for Positronic, Bass Pro Shops, John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, BKD, Noble & Associates, Prime, Inc., Springfield ReManufacturing, and O’Reilly Auto Parts. However, the largest industry – by far – in the Springfield, Missouri area would have to be that of healthcare. In fact, according to Springfield, Missouri’s 2014 City Comprehensive Report, the largest employer in the area is Mercy Health System, responsible for 9,004 jobs. The second largest employer in the area, according to that same report, is CoxHealth, employing 7,891 people.
Springfield, Missouri isn’t all about healthcare, however. In fact, the city is home to a host of buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. These icons include Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Mosque, Christ Episcopal Church, Gillioz Theatre, Jefferson Avenue Footbridge, Pythian Castle, Springfield National Cemetery, Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield, and the Walnut Street Historic District.
It is widely claimed Springfield, Missouri had a hand in the birth of the Wild West Era of America on July 21st, 1865 “when the town square [served as the site for] the Wild Bill Hickok-Davis Tutt shootout,” which was a “quick draw duel.” Hickok and Tutt had once been friends but fell out over women and gambling. They both fired their pistols but Hickok hit Tutt and killed him. And so the West was born!
Springfield, Missouri is also considered the “Birthplace of US Route 66,” because it was in Springfield that on April 30th, 1926, officials first proposed the name of the new Chicago to Los Angeles highway. Historic US Route 66 subsequently opened later that year and existed, in its entirety, until 1985.
Springfield, Missouri is home to Missouri State University, which was established on June 11th, 1906 as the Fourth District Normal School. Missouri State University is the state’s second largest university. In the Fall of 2015, 22,735 students in total were enrolled there. MSU has an academic staff of 1,124 with a $76.106 million endowment.
Springfield, Missouri is home to several sports franchises. Baseball’s Texas League’s Springfield Cardinals play their home games at Hammons Field. The Cardinals have one championship to their name. Cooper Sports Complex holds Springfield Lasers’ team tennis matches and Springfield Synergy FC’s soccer games. Ice Hockey’s WSHL’s Springfield Express play their home matches in Mediacom Ice Park.
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