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Springfield, MA is a special place and to live and work and we love serving the great people in this city. Below, you can find some cool background information about awesome community!
Springfield, Massachusetts is a city located in Hampden County. It is located near several rivers: the Connecticut River, Westfield River, Chicopee River, and Mill River. Springfield covers over 33 square miles, including 4 square miles of parklands. The city has a population of 153,000.
Though many cities across the United States claim the name “Springfield,” Massachusetts is home to the first such city in the country. It is the third largest city in the Commonwealth and the fourth in New England (after Boston, Worcester, and Providence).
Springfield was founded in 1636 by William Pynchon, and named for his hometown in England. In addition to agriculture, its location near many rivers made it an ideal location for a trading post, allowing trades routes to Boston, New York, and north to Montreal. The Springfield National Armory, established by George Washington and Henry Knox ran from 1777 through the Vietnam War, making such contributions as the first American musket and the Springfield rifle.
Known as the “City of Firsts,” the city flourished in the 19th and 20th centuries before seeing a decline after the Armory closed. Today, city leaders have begun a long-term revitalization project, including the proposed MGM Casino project.
Springfield is well known for its lengthy list of notable people and their accomplishments. A few of these include:
In addition to these notable individuals, Springfield has been home to many companies throughout its history.
With so many notable people and companies calling Springfield, Massachusetts home, there is no wonder that there are so many interesting places to visit. Springfield holds many fairs and festivals throughout the year to celebrate its rich history of innovation. There are also a number of museums and other sites to visit.
As the birthplace of basketball, the Basketball Hall of Fame is located in the city and welcomes visitors to explore this popular sport’s history in its 80,000 sq. foot facility. In Mason Square, you can find a sculpture dedicated to the sport, located on the exact site where the first game was played.
For decades, children have loved the rhyming and fantastic stories by Dr. Seuss. Springfield honors this native son with the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden. Consisting of large bronze statues of beloved characters from his novels, this is located in the Quadrangle area of the city.
The Springfield Armory, founding by George Washington and Henry Knox is a National Park and National Historic Site. The museum here has one of the largest collections of firearms in the world, bringing history buffs and others here to see.
Springfield, Massachusetts has a long-standing tradition of innovation which it honors today. All around its 33 square miles you can find memorials, museums, and theaters that embrace its rich history while celebrating its bright future. Attracting residents and visitors alike, it is one of the biggest and brightest cities in the state.