Springfield, Illinois is the capital of the state and abundant in history. Springfield holds the Old State Capitol State Historic Site as well as the Lincoln Home National Historic Site which belonged to former president Abraham Lincoln. The city is not only home to past and present history but also a place to enjoy the great outdoors. One can go fishing and exploring the intriguing wildlife at parks such as the Ray Norbut State Fish and Wildlife Area and the Anderson Lake Conservation Area.
This city was settled in 1810. Its most famous resident was President Abraham Lincoln when he lived here from 1837 to 1861. It was originally named Calhoun after Senator John C. Calhoun, but was changed when the senator fell out of favor. It became the capital in 1837 and was known for its fertile lands and trading opportunities. The civil war also provided an economical boom for the city. In the early 1900s, it was a site for racial tensions as the Springfield Race Riot occured when two African American men were arrested and the city was ravaged by protestors.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Abraham Lincoln Memorial Garden?
Camp Butler National Cemetary?
Illinois State Museum?