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Local History  

Railroad Town Names

 As towns sprung into existence along the Kansas City, Fort Scott and Memphis railroad, quite a number of them were named for officials and directors of the company.  More...
Local History  

St. Joseph's College

 A three story apartment building and 45 other structures were sold to make way for the Chestnut Street Throughway in 1958. The apartment building had formerly been St. Joseph's College and the Johnson Sanitarium.  More...
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Christmas 1820's

 Christmas in the 1820's, as recalled by Colley B. Holland, included visiting friends, firing flintlocks and setting off explosions.
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Public Square Loafers

 Congested foot traffic on the west side of the square called for a new way of dealing with the "Public Square Loafers", who were blocking the sidewalks.  More...
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Raymond K. Kennon

 Raymond K. Kennon, a self-taught Springfield artist, held a clearance sale of his art work in 1951. The sale was one month long and was advertised in a local magazine.

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