Springfield, Missouri is filled a with a great deal of history. It is the birth places of Route 66 as well as one of the worlds most remembered shout outs. The shots heard around the world were between Wild Bill Hickok and Dave Tutt. The fight was over a watch that Wild Bill lost in a poker game. Others say it was over a woman that both men wanted.
When the Civil War broke out the Battle of Wilsonís Creek was the second battle. It was also the first time a General would fall but not the last. On August 10, 1861, army units clashed near Wilson's Creek, the site of the first major battle west of the Mississippi River, involving about 5,400 Union troops and 12,000 Confederates. General Nathaniel Lyon was killed, the first Union general to die in combat.
Since the 1800 this city has been filled with all kinds of colorful people and many of them had a great deal of impact on America as we know it. It was the birthplace of the Skyscraper in Missouri as well as the trail that so many Indians died.
Through out the years the city has been transformed from a settlement to a busy metropolitan area filled with a great deal of American Heritage.
Pictures and information were provided by Springfield Visitors Center
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