In the United States there are 30 cities named Springfield. Springfield, Illinois located in the center of the state is probably the best known due to its most famous son, Abraham Lincoln. The city is the State Capital & has a population of 116,482.
A top honour the city received in 2008 is being named as one of the 50 Top Greenest Cities in America due to its environmental strategies.
Springfield became the State Capital in 1837, thanks in large part to the young lawyer, Abraham Lincoln who lead a group known as The Long Nine in this initiative. He left the city in 1861 to become the 16th President of the United States assuming the reins of a young country on the verge of Civil War.
A few little known facts about Lincoln include: in 1861 he initiated the draft & the first income tax system. The American Thanksgiving Holiday was proclaimed by him in 1864.
Attractions of interest include, the Lincoln Tomb (where the entire Lincoln family is buried, except 1 son, who is buried in Arlington, VA.), Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, the Lincoln-Herndon Law Office (where Lincoln practiced law as a young man), the Lincoln Depot (where Lincoln made his famous farewell speech to the people of Springfield before he headed to Washington) & the Lincoln Home.
Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport is conveniently located 3 miles from the city.