February 19, 1838

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


Explore Nightlife Spots For Painters, Dog Lovers, Gamers, and More

Whether your tastes run to enjoying a beer while you play fetch with Fido, sipping wine while you paint, or nursing a Donkey Kong cocktail during a pinball match, welcome to a whole new world of entertaining nightlife.


Speakeasies Around the State

Five Prohibition-style speakeasies serve classic cocktails while recreating the past.


2019 Discover the Best of Missouri Life Awards

You voted. We counted. Now you can discover some best-kept secrets and surprises around the state in eight different categories, such as culture, destinations, food, lore and legend, and more.


November/December Events Worth the Drive

Our top picks from around the state.


Antiquing in Southwest Missouri

Pick a starting point and explore all of the antiques southwest Missouri has to offer.


Missouri’s Best BBQ Joints

These savants of the smoker are dishing up barbecue heaven all summer long.


July 21, 1865

On the square in Springfield, Will Bill Hickock killed Davis Tutt in what some site as the first true western showdown.


May 15, 1913

A large number of federal marshals left Springfield for the wilds of Ripley and Oregon counties to break up some illicit stills. These were said to be the last in Missouri. The press releases, however, got out before the raids and they whole thing.


January 8, 1863

The Second Battle of Springfield was fought during the Civil War.