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Why Springfield?

 

The following laudatory summary of Springfield was published in the booklet "Pictorial Springfield" in 1906:  

The City of Springfield was founded in 1636 by William Pynchon. The settlement was originally called Agawam but after five years the name was changed to Springfield, the home of the founder having been Springfield, England.

 

Main Street, now a busy thoroughfare, was originally an Indian trail along which the settlers erected their log cabins. The settlement suffered all the hardships of Indian warfare and in 1675, during King Phillip’s War, was almost wholly destroyed.

 

The early growth was slow but the establishment of a plant for the repairing of muskets during the Revolution later resulted in the permanent location of the United States Armory, which gave the town a splendid impetus, and this great institution, which annually turns out thousands of rifles for the United States Armies, is now but one of the many busy manufacturing plants.

 

Springfield is fortunate in that she is not dependent upon any one class of industries. All of her large manufacturing establishments employ skilled labor at good wages making it possible for the workmen to own their homes, thus the pseudonym “City of Homes.”

 

Springfield takes great pride in the equipment and maintenance of her public institutions, and with her clean streets, extensive park system, and a population that stands for all this is best in citizenship, is easily Queen City of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.”

 

As far as cities go, Springfield, Massachusetts has long punched above its weigh in its contributions to society, attracting great minds and skilled hands, the accomplishments of which reached the ends of the earth.

With its storied history, inimitable architecture, geographic diversity, and proximity to other city centers, Springfield is primed to once again be the model of an intrepid, independent, and innovative American city.

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