Springfield is the inspiring capital of Illinois. The city is the largest in central Illinois, however is not the most populous in the state. Most of the city is a flat plain and has the artificial Lake Springfield that provides recreation and drinking water to the city.
The area was originally named Calhoun and was settled in 1818. In 1832, the city was renamed Springfield after Springfield, Massachusetts. It became the third and current state capital in 1839. Abraham Lincoln had moved to Springfield in 1837 and rose in prominence. President Lincoln lived in Springfield until 1861, having been elected President of the United States and moving to Washington, D.C. to live in the White House.
Springfield has a humid subtropical climate that experiences four distinct seasons. Summers are hot and humid. Winters are cold and snowy. Fall and spring provide transitional seasons yearly. Springfield experiences tornados and is part of Tornado Alley.
The largest employer in Springfield is the state government. Health care and education employ significant percentages of Springfield’s population as well. Over 30 parks are operated in the city.
Famous past residents and a strong literary tradition are celebrated in Springfield. It is, also, a centerpiece for the performing arts. Touring and local musical and performing acts can be seen. Springfield Old Capitol Art Fair is held yearly every spring. Food, sports, and historical sites attract many visitors. Be inspired! Have a bright day!