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Springfield, Massachusetts, USA

Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, USA

In 1891, James Naismith of Springfield, invented basketball. The game was played with soccer balls and peach baskets. The Basketball Hall of Fame is located in Springfield.

Springfield includes: Rushville, Sixteen Acres, Wachogue, Amory Hill, Brightwood, Fiberloid, Forest Park, Franconia, Glenwood, Highland, Iceville, Indian Orchard, Jenksville, Oaklands, Oak Street Station, Pecousic, and Pine Point.


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  • 1636 - Springfield is settled and incorporated

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • General Henry Knox and his troops passed through here in the winter of 1775-76 with a load of 59 cannons pulled by teams of oxen.
    The cannons were captured from the British at Fort Ticonderoga and Crown Point. They were transported from Lake Champlain to Dorchester Heights,...Read MORE...


  • News 1786 - August 29 - Shays' Rebellion in Springfield, Mass
    Shays‍'​ Rebellion was an armed uprising in Massachusetts (mostly in and around Springfield) during 1786 and 1787. Revolutionary War veteran Daniel...Read MORE...


  • News 1836 - October 24 – The earliest United States patent for a phosphorus friction match is granted to Alonzo Dwight Phillips of Springfield, Massachusetts.

    www.wikipedia.org
    October 24, 1836

  • 1845 - SPRINGFIELD. [Pop. 10,985. Inc. 1636.]
    Springfield was called Agawam by the Indians.

    The township was originally very extensive, including Longmeadow, Wilbraham, and Ludlow, on...Read MORE...


  • 1852 - Springfield is incorporated as a city

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • News 1854 - The Destructive Gale - Its Effects at the East.
    ...The unroofing of the great railroad depot at Springfield is described of wind force. The cars had just left for Hartford, and were just coming in...Read MORE...


  • 1854 - Springfield
    Springfield, a city and seat of justice of Hampden county, Massachusetts, is situated on the left bank of the Connecticut river, at the intersection...Read MORE...


  • News 1864 - Great Fire in Springfield, Mass. - Loss $106,000.
    SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Sunday, July 24. - A fire broke out broke about 12:30 on Saturday night in a wooden building on Main-street in this city,...Read MORE...


  • News 1873 - MASSACHUSETTS. A TERRIBLE FIRE RAGING---THE SPRINGFIELD REPUBLICAN OFFICE DAMAGED.
    SPRINGFIELD, Feb. 5. - A fire broke out this evening in the block occupied by the Merchants' Union Express and Massachusetts. Mutual Life Insurance...Read MORE...


  • News 1888 - THE SPRINGFIELD FIRE. DONOHUE, THE COMPOSER, IS DEAD, MAKING SEVEN VICTIMS IN ALL.
    SPRINGFIELD, Mass., March 8. - There is little to add to the story of the fire which wrecked the Daily Union office and building yesterday. A great...Read MORE...


  • Springfield Massachusetts, 1890
    SPRINGFIELD, the capital of Hampden County, is a beautiful, industrial, and progressive city, in latitude 42° 6' 4'', north and longitude 72° 35'...Read MORE...


  • Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
    Winchester Park Fire Apparatus
  • 1891 - First Basketball Game
    First basketball game played in Springfield

  • News 1892 - January 15 – James Naismith's rules for basketball are published for the first time in the Springfield YMCA International Training School's newspaper, in an article titled "A New Game."

    www.wikipedia.org
    January 15, 1892

  • 1892 - March 11 – First basketball game ever played in public, between students and faculty at the Springfield YMCA.
    The final score is 5–1 in favor of the students, with the only goal for the faculty being scored by Amos Alonzo Stagg. A crowd of 200 spectators...Read MORE...


  • News 1893 - Big Fire at Springfield.
    SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Nov. 22.- Fire broke out in the Worthington Street Block, owned by I. I. Dexter & Co., about 12:30 this morning, and that, with...Read MORE...


  • News 1893 - September 21 - First Gasoline-Powered Automobile
    The first successful gasoline-powered automobile was perfected by Charles and Frank Duryea in Springfield.

    September 21 – Brothers Charles and...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Springfield
    Springfield, a city and seat of justice of Hampden co., Mass., is situated on the left bank of the Connecticut River, at the intersection of the New...Read MORE...


  • News 1897 - FIRE IN SPRINGFIELD, MASS. The Opera House Burned and Two Persons Overcome by Smoke.
    SPRINGFIELD, Mass., April 5. - A stubborn fire which broke out in the Gilmore Opera House at 11:30 o'clock to-night gutted the block and caused a...Read MORE...


  • Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
    Webster's International Dictionary
    G. &. C. Merriam Co., Publishers
    Springfield, Mass.

    The Ladies' Home Journal
    May 1898
  • Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
    The New Game
    Conette
    Sold Everywhere
    Two Styles 25 & 50 Cts.
    Milton Bradley Co., Springfield, Mass.

    The Ladies' Home Journal
    November 1898
  • Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
    Highest Award World's Fair Skates
    Barney & Berry, Springfield, Mass.

    The Ladies' Home Journal
    December 1898
  • News 1900 - PECULIAR RAILWAY ACCIDENT.
    Passengers on 7:16 Train Last Evening Get a Little Shock.

    The passengers in the smoking car on the train on the New York, New Haven and Hartford...Read MORE...


  • Springfield, Massachusetts, USA

  • Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
    View of Court Square from City Hall, Springfield, Mass.
  • Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
    Main Street Arch
  • Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
    Crescent Hill Residences, 1905
  • Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
    School and Hose 4 House, Mittineague
  • 1906
    Springfield, a city and seat of justice of Hampden co., Mass., is situated on the left bank of the Connecticut River, here crossed by several...Read MORE...


  • News 1907 - BIG PUBLISHING HOUSE BURNED - Phelps Co., at Springfield, Mass., Sustain Loss Estimated at $1,000,000 - Spontaneous Combustion Started Fire.
    Springfield, Mass., Jan. 28. - The entire plant of the Phelps Publishing Company, comprising four buildings and covering nearly an acre of ground,...Read MORE...


  • News 1907 - HURT BY JUMPING FROM CAR. Brakeman Thought Car Would Overturn and Leaped.
    William H. Whalen, a brakeman employed by the Boston and Albany railroad, was seriously hurt late yesterday afternoon by jumping from a car which was ...Read MORE...


  • Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
    Court House, 1908
  • Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
    1908 Court Square
  • News 1910 - EXPRESS OFF RAILS
    Two Mail Clerks and an Engineer Badly Injured.
    ACCIDENT AT SPRINGFIELD, MASS.

    Springfield, Mass., March 15 - Two mail clerks and an engineer were ...Read MORE...


  • News 1910 - TEAMS STRUCK BY AUTOMOBILE.
    The heavy automobile truck used by the New England telephone company to carry supplies for the linemen collided with two teams at the corner of...Read MORE...


  • Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
    Chiefs of Fire Departments
  • Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
    First Church
  • Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
    Post Office and Custom House
  • Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
    Winchester Park Fire Station
  • Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
    Y.M.C.A. Building
  • Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
    The Cooley Hotel Block, 1911
  • Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
    Connecticut Valley Historical Society, 1912
  • Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
    Select Stock at Forest Park
  • Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
    Main Street, 1915
  • Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
    Town Hall and Common West
  • Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
    New Police Department Building, 1917
  • Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
    West State Street, 1919
  • Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
    Public Library
  • Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
    Dancing at Riverside Park
  • Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
    State Street, West to Mass. Mutual Life Insurance Co.
  • Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
    Springfield Institution for Savings and Court House
  • Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
    Central High School, 1929
  • News March 6, 1930: Clarence Birdseye's first frozen food appeared in grocery stores in Springfield, MA

    The Old Farmer's Almanac www.almanac.com
    March 6, 1930

  • Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
    Barney Residence, Forest Park
  • 1935 - Friendly's Ice Cream is founded in Springfield

    www.friendlys.com /about-friendlys/about-us

  • 1938 - "Long Island Express" - HURRICANE, FLOODS SWEEP NEW ENGLAND. 296 WERE KILLED IN STORM ALONG ATLANTIC COAST; PROPERTY DAMAGE ENORMOUS.
    ...At Springfield, the grandstand at the Eastern States exposition ground collapsed, injuring four and when 10,000 spectators stampeded in panic,...Read MORE...


  • Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
    Hotel Charles
  • Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
    St. Michael's Cathedral
  • Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
    Swett Bros. Heating & Appliance Co.
  • 1944 - HURRICANE HITS NEW YORK AND NEW ENGLAND COASTS. HIGH WINDS LASH JERSEY, LONG ISLAND.
    ...About one-fourth of the city of Springfield was without lights.
    Also about 100 families there were evacuated from a housing project as a...Read MORE...


  • News 1968 - February 17 - Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield Mass, opens

    historyorb.com
    February 17, 1968



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Winchester Park Fire Apparatus

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Webster's International Dictionary
G. &. C. Merriam Co., Publishers
Springfield, Mass.

The Ladies' Home Journal
May 1898

Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
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The New Game
Conette
Sold Everywhere
Two Styles 25 & 50 Cts.
Milton Bradley Co., Springfield, Mass.

The Ladies' Home Journal
November 1898

Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
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Highest Award World's Fair Skates
Barney & Berry, Springfield, Mass.

The Ladies' Home Journal
December 1898

Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
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Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
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View of Court Square from City Hall, Springfield, Mass.

Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
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Main Street Arch

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Crescent Hill Residences, 1905

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School and Hose 4 House, Mittineague

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1908 Court Square

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Court House, 1908

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Y.M.C.A. Building

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Chiefs of Fire Departments

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First Church

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Post Office and Custom House

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Winchester Park Fire Station

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The Cooley Hotel Block, 1911

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Connecticut Valley Historical Society, 1912

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Select Stock at Forest Park

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Main Street, 1915

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Town Hall and Common West

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New Police Department Building, 1917

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West State Street, 1919

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Public Library

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Dancing at Riverside Park

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State Street, West to Mass. Mutual Life Insurance Co.

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Springfield Institution for Savings and Court House

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Central High School, 1929

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Barney Residence, Forest Park

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Hotel Charles

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St. Michael's Cathedral

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Swett Bros. Heating & Appliance Co.
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  • 1636 - Springfield is settled and incorporated

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • THE HISTORY OF SPRINGFIELD, MA. AND THE KING PHILLIP WAR


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  • General Henry Knox and his troops passed through here in the winter of 1775-76 with a load of 59 cannons pulled by teams of oxen.
    The cannons were captured from the British at Fort Ticonderoga and Crown Point. They were transported from Lake Champlain to Dorchester Heights,... Read MORE...

  • News  1786 - August 29 - Shays' Rebellion in Springfield, Mass
    Shays‍'​ Rebellion was an armed uprising in Massachusetts (mostly in and around Springfield) during 1786 and 1787. Revolutionary War veteran Daniel... Read MORE...

  • News  1836 - October 24 – The earliest United States patent for a phosphorus friction match is granted to Alonzo Dwight Phillips of Springfield, Massachusetts.

    www.wikipedia.org
    October 24, 1836
  • 1845 - SPRINGFIELD. [Pop. 10,985. Inc. 1636.]
    Springfield was called Agawam by the Indians.

    The township was originally very extensive, including Longmeadow, Wilbraham, and Ludlow, on... Read MORE...

  • 1852 - Springfield is incorporated as a city

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 1854 - Springfield
    Springfield, a city and seat of justice of Hampden county, Massachusetts, is situated on the left bank of the Connecticut river, at the intersection... Read MORE...

  • News  1854 - The Destructive Gale - Its Effects at the East.
    ...The unroofing of the great railroad depot at Springfield is described of wind force. The cars had just left for Hartford, and were just coming in... Read MORE...

  • News  1864 - Great Fire in Springfield, Mass. - Loss $106,000.
    SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Sunday, July 24. - A fire broke out broke about 12:30 on Saturday night in a wooden building on Main-street in this city,... Read MORE...

  • News  1873 - MASSACHUSETTS. A TERRIBLE FIRE RAGING---THE SPRINGFIELD REPUBLICAN OFFICE DAMAGED.
    SPRINGFIELD, Feb. 5. - A fire broke out this evening in the block occupied by the Merchants' Union Express and Massachusetts. Mutual Life Insurance... Read MORE...

  • News  1888 - THE SPRINGFIELD FIRE. DONOHUE, THE COMPOSER, IS DEAD, MAKING SEVEN VICTIMS IN ALL.
    SPRINGFIELD, Mass., March 8. - There is little to add to the story of the fire which wrecked the Daily Union office and building yesterday. A great... Read MORE...

  • Springfield Massachusetts, 1890
    SPRINGFIELD, the capital of Hampden County, is a beautiful, industrial, and progressive city, in latitude 42° 6' 4'', north and longitude 72° 35'... Read MORE...

  • 1891 - First Basketball Game
    First basketball game played in Springfield
  • News  1892 - January 15 – James Naismith's rules for basketball are published for the first time in the Springfield YMCA International Training School's newspaper, in an article titled "A New Game."

    www.wikipedia.org
    January 15, 1892
  • 1892 - March 11 – First basketball game ever played in public, between students and faculty at the Springfield YMCA.
    The final score is 5–1 in favor of the students, with the only goal for the faculty being scored by Amos Alonzo Stagg. A crowd of 200 spectators... Read MORE...

  • News  1893 - September 21 - First Gasoline-Powered Automobile
    The first successful gasoline-powered automobile was perfected by Charles and Frank Duryea in Springfield.

    September 21 – Brothers Charles and... Read MORE...

  • News  1893 - Big Fire at Springfield.
    SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Nov. 22.- Fire broke out in the Worthington Street Block, owned by I. I. Dexter & Co., about 12:30 this morning, and that, with... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Springfield
    Springfield, a city and seat of justice of Hampden co., Mass., is situated on the left bank of the Connecticut River, at the intersection of the New... Read MORE...

  • News  1897 - FIRE IN SPRINGFIELD, MASS. The Opera House Burned and Two Persons Overcome by Smoke.
    SPRINGFIELD, Mass., April 5. - A stubborn fire which broke out in the Gilmore Opera House at 11:30 o'clock to-night gutted the block and caused a... Read MORE...

  • News  1900 - PECULIAR RAILWAY ACCIDENT.
    Passengers on 7:16 Train Last Evening Get a Little Shock.

    The passengers in the smoking car on the train on the New York, New Haven and Hartford... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Springfield, a city and seat of justice of Hampden co., Mass., is situated on the left bank of the Connecticut River, here crossed by several... Read MORE...

  • News  1907 - BIG PUBLISHING HOUSE BURNED - Phelps Co., at Springfield, Mass., Sustain Loss Estimated at $1,000,000 - Spontaneous Combustion Started Fire.
    Springfield, Mass., Jan. 28. - The entire plant of the Phelps Publishing Company, comprising four buildings and covering nearly an acre of ground,... Read MORE...

  • News  1907 - HURT BY JUMPING FROM CAR. Brakeman Thought Car Would Overturn and Leaped.
    William H. Whalen, a brakeman employed by the Boston and Albany railroad, was seriously hurt late yesterday afternoon by jumping from a car which was ... Read MORE...

  • News  1910 - TEAMS STRUCK BY AUTOMOBILE.
    The heavy automobile truck used by the New England telephone company to carry supplies for the linemen collided with two teams at the corner of... Read MORE...

  • News  1910 - EXPRESS OFF RAILS
    Two Mail Clerks and an Engineer Badly Injured.
    ACCIDENT AT SPRINGFIELD, MASS.

    Springfield, Mass., March 15 - Two mail clerks and an engineer were ... Read MORE...

  • News  March 6, 1930: Clarence Birdseye's first frozen food appeared in grocery stores in Springfield, MA

    The Old Farmer's Almanac www.almanac.com
    March 6, 1930
  • 1935 - Friendly's Ice Cream is founded in Springfield

    www.friendlys.com /about-friendlys/about-us
  • 1938 - "Long Island Express" - HURRICANE, FLOODS SWEEP NEW ENGLAND. 296 WERE KILLED IN STORM ALONG ATLANTIC COAST; PROPERTY DAMAGE ENORMOUS.
    ...At Springfield, the grandstand at the Eastern States exposition ground collapsed, injuring four and when 10,000 spectators stampeded in panic,... Read MORE...

  • 1944 - HURRICANE HITS NEW YORK AND NEW ENGLAND COASTS. HIGH WINDS LASH JERSEY, LONG ISLAND.
    ...About one-fourth of the city of Springfield was without lights.
    Also about 100 families there were evacuated from a housing project as a... Read MORE...

  • News  1968 - February 17 - Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield Mass, opens

    historyorb.com
    February 17, 1968

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