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Local History  

Last Confederate Soldier

 The last Confederate soldier , Thomas H. Hadden, who died in Springfield in 1939, was buried at the Springfield National Cemetery.  More...
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Girls Softball

 Girls Softball in Springfield was on hiatus during WWII but returned in May of 1946. The first game, played at Fassnight Park, was between the Dairy Anns and the O'Reilly WAC's.  More...
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Downtown Motor Inn

 The Downton Motor Inn was shut down in 1965. It was located on St. Louis Street just east of Jefferson Avenue. The hotel was originally built by John T. Woodruff around 1914.  More...
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Dolly Parton

 Dolly Parton and Mac Davis attracted over 7,000 fans to the Hammons Center in 1977.
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Johnny Beauchamp

 Johnny Beauchamp won a 200-lap race at the Springfield Fairgrounds racetrack in 1957. In 1959, he and Lee Petty raced at the first Daytona 500 to a controversial photo finish.

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