Favorite thing: Along Walnut Street there are many different styles of architecture in private homes that were prevalent at the beginning of the 20th century. While many of these homes have fallen into disrepair, others are in excellent conditions, and quite a handful have been turned into restaurants and B&B's. On the other hand, many of these ancient mansions have been preserved and kept private by the families who still call this historic district "home."
Much of what is old in Springfield is still in use after its original purpose. Take for instance Springfield's Central High School, Home of the Bulldogs. This classic red-brick structure was built in 1894 as Springfield High School, the first free high school in town and the first to racially integrate. Given its historic past, open houses are held here from time to time.
Phone: (417) 864-3822
Address: 423 E Central
The original Landers Theater (now the Springfield Little Theater) has sat on Walnut Street since 1909, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Since its founding it has served as either a true dramatic stage or a motion picture theater. Fanny Brice and John Phillip Sousa have appeared on its stage, and Kathleen Turner and Tess Harper got their early starts here. The Springfield Little Theater produces about six plays each season, and enjoys an annual attendance of some 50,000, making it the largest (as well as the oldest) civic theater in operation in Missouri.
Fondest memory: Web: www.landerstheatre.org
Favorite thing: For the size of town it's is, there's nothing to do there! Very boring place. It reminds me of a suburb of a big city where you have to drive miles and miles for something to do. The people are okay but only entertainment seems to be is for drinkers. If you don't fish or hunt you have nothing to do there. I have always wonder how it grown to the size it is without having some kind entertainment.
My two favorite things are Bass Pro Shop and Fantastic Caverns. Crystal cave is interesting also. East of town is a drive through animal park. Springfield has a zoo on the North edge of town beside the fair grounds. This photo is from inside of Fantastic Caverns.
Fondest memory: Being there when the trees were changing to Autumn colors. We just don't get that kind of scenery in most of Kansas where I live.
Go to Bass Pro Shops on Campbell and Sunshine and to Fantastci Caverns on Hwy 13, north of town.
Fondest memory: Whenever I am away from Springfield, I miss Southwest Missouri State University, where I am currently a Sophmore in the Teacher Education program.
The one thing that I like about Springfield is its close proximity to many things.
Forty minutes to the Northwest; we have Stockton Lake. Great for the Bass, Crappy, and Catfish. Thirty minutes north,northwest, you will find Sac River. The Same as Stockton; But, throw in the white bass when in season. I've seen some big Cats come out of this river. One I'm still waiting to see!
Just north about five minutes you will find McDaniel lake. Excellent Bass and Catfish. But; no boats allowed.
Fifteen minutes Northeast of Spingfield will get you to Fellows lake. Bass and Catfish. Also; boat engine size restrictions.
Five minutes to the east, flowing south, you will find James River. Not so good on the east part; but, the south part is excellent for floating. Five minutes South of Springfield you will find Springfield Lake. This has engine size restrictions, but its excellent for bass and Catfish. Farther south you will find the Finley river. This is a most excellent river for floating and fishing.
About 45 minutes South you will find Lake Tanycomo in Branson, Mo. Good boating for bass boats. I caught a nine and a quarter lb.,twenty seven inch, brown trout from the bank. Tears gilded the eyes when I landed that one. Upstream and over the Dam you will find Table Rock Lake. Extreme boating, Camping and fishing.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory of Springfield is the people. While there are some here, with their noses shaped by plastic, and in the air.
Most are willing and glad to help if your lost or in a peck of trouble. And; if you just want to talk, you've found the right place.