"One of the Oddest Histories in the Midwest" Top 5 Page for this destination Springfield by mrclay2000
Springfield Travel Guide: 146 reviews and 158 photos
Springfield currently ranks as Missouri's third city behind St Louis and Kansas City. Incorporated in 1838, it did not reach any real prominence until it became part of the Butterfield Overland stage route in 1858, and furthermore as a station on the Atlantic-Pacific Railway in 1870. Even with its dramatic growth, with a population today below 200,000, this "city" still retains at its root an entirely small-town feel. The merest drive through town encounters virtually no high-rise and almost no structure higher than 150 feet. What you will encounter are almost 200 churches (no greater proof of Missouri's inclusion in America's Bible Belt), five colleges and universities (many tied to religious organizations) and over forty parks. Spread out over a considerable area, and enjoying several historic sites and districts, there are few better examples of "small-town America" than what is common in this relatively big city.
- Pros:Stuffed full of history, and not a little legend
- Cons:Stuffed with all the eyesores attendant on college campuses
- In a nutshell:Bible Belt community dotted with churches and cultural outlets
Just miles south of Springfield in nearby Republic, Missouri, you can take the 4.9-mile auto tour of the Wilson's Creek... more travel advice
Perhaps the most enjoyable animal to watch in the zoo are the two river otters. These fierce warriors have a compound... more travel advice
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