An 1890s Sante Fe Railway train
April 21, 1870: The first train from St. Louis reached Springfield. Because of the new railroad, a new city, North Springfield, was established, and Commercial Street was its downtown.
This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.