Springfield is located in southwestern Missouri & has a population of 150,797. (2007) Of historical note, the State of Missouri, then a territory, was part of the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. The city has been called The Cultural Centre of the Ozarks .
Famous residents of Springfield include actor Brad Pitt, who moved to the city as a child & grew up there, as well as Bob Barker, the former host of The Price is Right, who attended high school, college & had his first job in media at the radio station in Springfield.
The area s history dates back to the Civil War. You can experience a driving tour of the Battle of Springfield or take a walking tour of the downtown, where history will come alive. One of the stops on the tour is the town square where Wild Bill Hickock killed a man. This is said to be the nation s first recorded shootout. The Air & Military Museum of the Ozarks is a hands-on military museum open to visitors.
A day trip to Branson, Missouri, 40 miles south of Springfield is a must for visitors with a passion for live theatre. The Roy Rogers & Dale Evans Museum is also located there.
Springfield Branson National Airport services both the cities of Springfield & Branson. The airport is located 5 miles from Springfield.