The Charm of Springfield, OR
In 1848, the "Southern Route" brought Elias and Mary Briggs to what is now the Springfield area. Elias and Mary set up their homestead adjacent to a naturally occurring spring - and the name "Springfield" was born.
Elias Briggs operated a ferry across the Willamette River. Currently, the Union Pacific railroad bridge runs across the path that Briggs' ferry originally took. Briggs, along with Mr. Driggs of Linn County, started a flour mill in 1853 and a sawmill in 1854. Known as the Briggs and Driggs Company, Springfield's growth started with these mills.
Springfield: "Proud History, Bright
By the time it was incorporated in 1885, Springfield's commercial district grew to include: two grocery stores, a couple of cigar stores, a drug, dress, butcher, barber, shoe, and a variety store.
Currently, Springfield is home to about 59,403 people (2010 census) and is the second-most populated city in the metropolitan area behind Eugene.
Since its beginning, Springfield was dependent on local resources to support its economy, primarily lumber and crops. However, in 1990, the city diversified its economy and now PeaceHealth is the largest employer, followed by the Springfield School District and Symantec (software firm).
The Activities You'll Find in Springfield
Springfield provides citizens with a splendid outdoor life, and offers many amenities such as:
- BMX Park
- Disc golf parks
- Biking trails
- Fly fishing
- Hiking trails
- River tubing
Other popular Springfield area attractions include:
- Splash! at Lively Park - an indoor aquatic park
- McKenzie River Adventures - white water rafting
- Emerald Art Center
- Tokatee Golf Club
- Springfield Museum
- Art Alley
- Richard E. Wildish Community Theater
Springfield, OR: Providing a Stellar Education
In addition to some truly wonderful neighborhoods and amazing architecture, Springfield provides citizens with an excellent school system as well. There are many elementary, middle, and high schools to choose from in the Springfield School District - one of the largest in the state.
Pioneer Pacific College has a campus in the Gateway area of Springfield and the University of Oregon is just a few miles away in Eugene. Be sure to check out some of the fantastic Oregon Ducks sporting events at Autzen Stadium, Matthew Knight Arena, PK Park, or Hayward Field.
Purchasing Your Springfield Oregon Home
Springfield is an amazing community with an abundance of amenities and has an exceptional education system. The only thing that is missing is you. Find your ideal home in Springfield, and then contact us to set up an appointment to view the property.
The Team to Rely on When Selling Your Springfield Home
When you put your Springfield home on the market, you want your agent to be to be an expert in the area. Renee Kittrell has lived in the Eugene-Springfield area the last 25 years and she knows the town well. Call her when you're ready to list your Springfield home, she'll ensure you get the return on investment you deserve.