February 19, 1838

Springfield was incorporated with a population of 250. There had been settlers there living near the Delaware Indians since 1821.

This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.

Photo by Jose Kevo