The state of Missouri joined the union in 1821 as the 24th state. Springfield is the states third largest city and is the county seat of Greene County. Here are some fun facts that you may have not heard before about the Springfield area.
- The highest temperature ever recorded was 113 degrees.
- The coldest temperature was -17 degrees on a February day.
- Bob Barker attended High School in Springfield.
- The area known as North Springfield was once called Moon City.
- Springfield is sometimes called “The Birthplace of Route 66,” due to its early part with the designation of U.S. Route 66. A sign in Park Central Square was given to the city of Springfield by the Route 66 Association of Missouri for its prominent role in the beginnings of Route 66.
- Famous politicians from Springfield are John Ashcroft, former U.S. Attorney General, and Roy Blunt, U.S. House Minority Whip.
- Famous entertainment professionals are Aaron Buerge, “The Bachelor” in 2002, Brad Pitt, actor, Kathleen Turner, actress, and Lou Whitney, musician, record producer.
- Famous sports figures are Josh Kinney St. Louis Cardinals major league roster, Payne Stewart, professional golfer.
- Other famous people are Jimmie Angel aviator the discoverer of Angel Falls, highest free-falling waterfall in the world, Janet Kavandi, astronaut, J. Alan Groves, Biblical Hebrew scholar, editor of Groves-Wheeler Hebrew morphology.
The list could go on and on, but these are some fun facts that we hope will get your interest going so as to lure you to this great city and all Springfield has to offer.