In the “Queen City of the Ozarks” you’ll be surprised to find yourself in one of the most amazing places in the country! As the service city for Skydiving Springfield, you can expect that the “Birthplace of Route 66” is anything but ordinary. So we composed this list of some of the reasons our city is great to visit and fly over. Take a look below, then give us a call for your skydiving appointment!
No one knows how Springfield truly got its name: Stories range from the most commonly believed version, that it was named after Springfield Tennessee, that the physical location of the city and its proximity to a spring and a field, helped to generate the name and even a story of how a resident at the time offered anyone who voted, free whiskey in exchange for writing in “Springfield” as that was his hometown in Massachusetts. I guess we’ll never know.
The city was the site of the infamous Wild Bill Hickok Shootout: The famous quick draw duel between Hickok and David Tutt took place in Springfield’s Town Square in 1865. This duel between Wild Bill and Tutt, helped to launch the “Wild West” era all over the midwest. This was the first one on one shootout and would later become famous after an interview was conducted with Hickok by Harper’s Bazaar. There is still a plaque where the fight took place you can visit today.
The resting place of a mobster: After being transferred to Springfield from an Illinois prison due to a cancer diagnosis, John Gotti, the “Don” of the Gambino crime family in NYC, passed away in Springfield’s US Med Center for Federal Prisoners. Gotti, during his reign, was considered the most dangerous criminal in crime organization in the US.
The naming of a famous highway: “The Mother Road” was first named on April 30, 1926 in Springfield. Route 66 was the name given to the first US numbered highway in America. This is still commemorated in the Route 66 Car Museum located in Springfield today. The museum features many classic and antique vehicles for the public to enjoy including 8 jaguars built between 1954-1974, a zombie apocalypse truck from the film “Resident Evil”, a Gotham cruiser, and many more unique pieces we recommend seeing while in the city.
Springfield’s Castle: Officially named Pythian Castle during it’s construction in 1913, was originally used as an orphanage and later purchased by the US military. Certified as an official “Haunted Castle”, many visitors come to experience the paranormal activity while learning about Pythian Castle’s mysterious history. From its original plans created by the fraternal organization of the Knights of Pythias, to its uses during WWII, the spirits of the last 100 years still are heard walking the halls at night.
Home to the world’s largest fork: The fork stands at the office of Noble & Associates a well known Springfield Advertisement Agency. Weighing 11 tons and standing at 35 feet tall this is the largest fork on the planet!
With so many distinctive qualities about Springfield and it’s amazing history, you can’t blame us for wanting to skydive here. So whether you are visiting the area and want to pay us a visit as well, to jump from one of our airplanes, or are coming out solely to dive, we recommend taking a deeper look into Springfield's interesting past, present, and help us to make this city great for the future!
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