“According to a 2007 story in Forbes magazine’s list of “America’s Wildest Weather Cities” and the Weather Variety Index, Springfield is the city with the most varied weather in the United States.”
“On July 21, 1865, Springfield helped give birth to the Wild West era when the town square was the site of the nation’s first and only recorded duel shootout, a “quick draw” duel between Wild Bill Hickok and Davis Tutt Jr.”
“Springfield was once home to the headquarters and main shops of the St. Louis-San Francisco Railroad (Frisco).
“The origin of the name Springfield remains unclear; however, the most common view is that the city was named for Springfield, Massachusetts. One account holds that a James Wilson, who lived in the then-unnamed city, offered free whiskey to everyone who would vote for naming it after his home town of Springfield, Massachusetts.”
“According to the Springfield News-Leader, the city has been ranked the second-least diverse city in the United States.”