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Springfield is the third largest city in Missouri. It is the county seat of Greene County. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 151,580.

Springfield geography

Springfield is located at 37°11'42" North, 93°17'10" West (37.195098, -93.286213).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 191.1 km² (73.8 mi²). 189.5 km² (73.2 mi²) of it is land and 1.7 km² (0.6 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.87% water.

Springfield sights

Wilson's Creek National Battlefield, site of the Battle of Wilson's Creek, is a few miles southwest of Springfield.

The 14-acre National Cemetery at Springfield is the only cemetery in the United States where the dead on both sides of the American Civil War are buried side by side.

Bass Pro Shops and the Assemblies of God are headquartered in Springfield.

Colleges and universities located in Springfield include Baptist Bible College, Central Bible College, Drury University, Evangel University, Forest Institute of Professional Psychology, Ozarks Technical Community College, Southwest Missouri State University, St. John's College of Nursing and Health Sciences of Southwest Baptist University.

Springfield history

1829: Future site of Springfield designated by John Polk Campbell. The first settlers (the brothers Fulbright and their families) follow in 1830.

1835: Springfield becomes the county seat of Greene County.

February 18, 1838: Springfield is first incorporated with a population of 300.

1858: The first westbound stagecoach, the Butterfield Overland Mail, reaches Springfield.

1861: American Civil War - Union troops under Brig. Gen. Nathaniel Lyon take control of the city soon after war breaks out.

August 10, 1861: American Civil War Battle of Wilson's Creek - Confederate forces under Brig. Gen. Benjamin McCulloch and Maj. Gen. Sterling Price march on the city. Confederate and Union forces meet 12 miles outside the city. In the bloody fighting which ensues, Gen. Lyon is killed and Col. Franz Sigel leads a Union retreat to Springfield and then Rolla. Confederate troops occupy Springfield.

1862: American Civil War - Confederates abandon Springfield to Union forces led by Maj. Gen. Samuel R. Curtis.

January 8, 1863: American Civil War Battle of Springfield - A Union garrison under Brig. Gen. Egbert Brown repels a Confederate attack led by Brig. Gen. John S. Marmaduke.

July 21, 1865: Wild Bill Hickok shoots Dave Tutt dead in the town square over a gambling dispute in what is regarded as the first true western showdown.

1870: First railroad, the St. Louis-San Francisco line.

January, 1888: First mail delivery.

1905: Three African-American men are lynched in the town square for allegedly raping a white woman, though guilt was never established. This event sparked a mass exodus of African-Americans from the area, who still remain a vast minority.

1910: First electric lights installed.

1927: First radio station.

January, 1955: First color television broadcast in the city by KOLR-TV.

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