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Springfield in Greene County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

First Springfield Railroad

 
 
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By Jason Voigt, April 5, 2021
1. First Springfield Railroad Marker
Inscription.  West of this marker 480 feet a construction train of South Pacific Railroad ~~ now St. Louis-San Francisco Railway (Frisco) ~~ pulled into new town of North Springfield at 3 P.M., April 21, 1870. First passenger train, with state and railroad dignitaries aboard, arrived May 3, 1870. The depot and Ozark Hotel were being built by railroad on Commercial and Benton. Shops to east, and later the west shops, became important to economy of Springfield and North Springfield, which merged in 1887. After Frisco combined with Kansas City, Fort Scott, and Memphis Railroad in 1901, the station on Main at Mill was used and Commercial Street Depot was discontinued.
 
Erected 1972 by St. Louis - San Francisco Railway Company and Greene County Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars. A significant historical date for this entry is April 21, 1870.
 
Location. 37° 13.808′ N, 93° 17.149′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Missouri, in Greene County. Marker is on East Commercial Street west of North Washington
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By Jason Voigt, April 5, 2021
2. First Springfield Railroad Marker
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Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Marker is about 100 feet west from the roundabout. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 540 E Commercial St, Springfield MO 65803, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Indian Mounds (approx. 0.7 miles away); Fairbanks Hall (approx. 0.7 miles away); Tau Eta Gamma (local) (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Fairbanks Hall (approx. ¾ mile away); First Church In Greene County (approx. 0.8 miles away); Civil War Entrenchments (approx. 0.8 miles away); Stone Chapel (approx. 0.8 miles away); Historic Washington Avenue Baptist Church (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 12, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 15 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 12, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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