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Captain John McCoy

Captain John McCoy, who served in the Civil War, traveled to Springfield to apply for a pension. He was a politician in Arkansas before and after the war.

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Wahshungah monument

The tombstone for Wahshungah, known as the last chief of the Kaw Nation, was carved by W.O. Johnson, a Springfield firm. Bids for the contract were from firms in Guthrie, Oklahoma City, and Kansas City, among others. 

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Osage Murder Mystery

A member of the Osage Indian tribe fled to Springfield to hide from potential murderers in the 1920's. Many members of the nation were killed during this time to gain control of their mineral rights during the oil boom.

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Marvel Cave

Explore Marvel Cave and the Lost River with William Powell in this 1921 article. As a bonus, learn about several of the world records set in the cave over the years by balloonists. 

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Labor recruitment

John M Gracie hired a Springfield company to film his 24,000 acre Arkansas plantation to recruit workers. His advertising campaign was a major success, and he hired and moved twenty families from the Springfield area.

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Motorcycle Club

The Rhodes Cycle Company of Springfield organized a meeting of motorcycle enthusiasts for the purpose of promoting rides to nearby towns.

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Soldiers claims wanted

An act of Congress allowed qualifying military veterans additional government land, which a Springfield entrepreneur offered to purchase in this 1876 advertisement.

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Ray Eldon Pike

Ray Eldon Pike, a popular musician in the Springfield area, died in an automobile accident in 1932. Here are his obituaries and pictures of his bands.

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The Normal Heart

The Normal Heart, a play about the Aids epidemic in the early 1980's, premiered peacefully at SMS after a month of rallies, petitions, and news conferences in 1989.

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Japanese Garden Festival

In 1995, the Japanese Stroll Garden at Nathanael Greene Park held a Japanese Garden Festival sponsored by the Botanical Society of Southwest Missouri.

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