Introduction to Springfield, Ohio
Springfield, Ohio is 43 miles W of Columbus, Ohio. It's located in Clark county in southwestern Ohio along the Mad River, Buck Creek and Beaver Creek. The city has redeveloped numerous old factory sites. It's a popular destination for antique shoppers.
The city was established in 1801 by James Demint. The National Road which ended in Springfield for 10 years was significantly responsible for the growth of the town. In the mid and late 1800's the town was dominated by prominent industrialists. The Bushnell Building was the site where the Wight Brothers' patent attorney wrote the patent for the invention of the airplane. The Kelly Springfield Tire Company was established in 1894. From 1916 to 1926 10 automobile companies had facilities in Springfield.
- The Clark County Courthouse is an impressive structure.
- The Clark County Fair.
- Springfield Civic Theatre offers a wide variety of performances.
- The Westcott House was designed by the renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
- Clark County Historical Society Museum.
- Springfield Symphony Orchestra.
- Clark State Performing Arts Center includes the Turner Studio Theater, Kuss Auditorium and the Salerno Educational Center.
- The Springfield Antique Show and Flea Market attracts people from outside of the region.
- Springfield Museum of Art.
- Summer Arts Festival is a popular event and features a variety of concerts, exhibits and performances.
- The Ohio Lyric Theater.
- Municipal Stadium.
- Springfield features two large antique malls.
- Champions Center is a notable location for horse shows.
The Buchhorn Trail and the Lakeview Trail are popular with hiking enthusiasts. There are numerous popular golf courses including Locust Hills, Reid Park and Snyder Park golf courses. Clarence J Brown Reservoir, Culp Lake, Blue Hole, Clark Lake and Hosterman Lake provide opportunities for outdoor activities. The Little Miami River loop is nearby. George Rogers Clark Park is a vast acreage and is popular for picnicking, hiking and fishing. The nearby Buck Creek State Park is utilized for a variety of outdoor activities.
Springfield Higher Education
The city is home to Wittenberg University, a liberal-arts college and Clark State Community College. In addition to a variety of majors and minors to choose from, students can find specialized cooperative and pre-professional programs such as physical therapy assistant training.