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HISTORICAL POSTCARDS OF SPRINGFIELD,
Side Frisco Shops
The postcard shows the South Side Frisco Shops. In 1880 the Kansas
City, Fort Scott & Memphis Railroad Company built a repair facility
on Mill Street near what was at that time the western limit of Springfield,
west of the Grant Avenue viaduct, directly south of Jordan Creek.
In 1901 the St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad (Frisco) acquired
by lease the Kansas City, Fort Scott & Memphis Railroad, whose
shops became the Frisco South Side Shops. They purchased the railroad
in 1928. This would date the postcard to shortly after 1901.
The postcard shows two impressive buildings with only distant railroad
locomotive cars depicted in the background. Note the misspelling
of the word "Springfield".
According to the 1885 Sanborn Map of Springfield, the South Side
Shops contained a forge shop, machine shop, warehouses, car shop,
wielding house, bolt house and brass house. By 1956 there were only
six buildings still standing.
The area of the South Side Shops is currently (2002) being considered
as an extension of the Jordan Valley Park. This will depend on the
cost of cleaning up the area, which is considered a brownfield.