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Springfield's Flag

 Springfield's first flag was hand stiched by Mrs. Phoebe Hensley, secretary of the Commercial club in 1938. More

Frank James at the Fair

 Frank James fires shots; causes stampede and escapes from Greene County jail.  An interview in 1898 at the Fair.   More

Floating on Ozarks Rivers

 Photo Credit:US National Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationBooks and websites that can help you prepare for floating down the beautiful streams and rivers in Missouri and Arkansas
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Family Pets in 1901

 The importance of family pets in the early 1900’s is illustrated in an obituary of the Dameron family’s pet horse. More

How many Springfields?

Springfield is a popular name in the United States.  There are at least 34 towns and cities that share this name.  More

Daniel Boone and his son Nathan Boone

 Daniel BooneHunters, trappers, surveyors, road builders, businessmen and much more the Boone family played vital roles in the pioneering of the American frontier. More

Shipping Parcel Post in 1918

 In the good old days you could ship anything, any size, by parcel post from chickens to children.  Fortunately, shipping children didn't catch on.  The Springfield Republican reports one of the early deliveries by the new motor trucks in 1918.

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Auto Racing in the Ozarks

 From a 1968 Ozark Empire Fair brochureRacing season has begun.  Gear up by taking a look back at some famous drivers that visited Springfield, Mo. at the Fairgrounds Speedway.  More

The Ice Crop


"Farming" in the dead of winter could bring a nice profit in the summer months of 1888 according to an article from the Springfield, Mo. Herald. More