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ID: 7014529
 

Record Type: administrative
Hierarchy of Springfield (inhabited place)  Springfield (inhabited place)

Coordinates:
Lat: 39 48 00 N  degrees minutes   Lat: 39.8000  decimal degrees
Long: 089 38 00 W  degrees minutes   Long: -89.6333  decimal degrees

Note: Located on Sangamon river in center of state; founded when Elisha Kelly from North Carolina built a cabin here; was home to Abraham Lincoln 1837-1861; Lincoln was instrumental in transferring state capital here & in promoting the development of the city.

Names:
Springfield (preferred,C,V)  ............ named for nearby Spring Creek

Hierarchical Position:
Hierarchy of World (facet)    World (facet)
Hierarchy of North and Central America (continent)  ....  North and Central America (continent) (P)
Hierarchy of United States (nation)  ........  United States (nation) (P)
Hierarchy of Illinois (state)  ............  Illinois (state) (P)
Hierarchy of Sangamon (county)  ................  Sangamon (county) (P)
Hierarchy of Springfield (inhabited place)  ....................  Springfield (inhabited place) (P)

Place Types:
inhabited place (preferred, C)  ............  first settler arrived in 1818, city was incorporated in 1840
city (C)
state capital (C)  ............  transferred here from Vandalia in 1837
county seat (C)  ............  since 1825
agricultural center (C)  ............  for corn, wheat, soybeans & livestock
industrial center (C)  ............  produces tractors, garage equipment, electronic equipment, paints & brick & concrete products
commercial center (C)  ............  national headquarters for several large insurance companies
tourist center (C)  ............  noted for sites related to Abraham Lincoln, including his home, law offices, Globe Tavern & his grave
cultural center (C)  ............  has several museums

Related geographic places:
capital of ....  Illinois .......... (state)
..................  (World, North and Central America, United States) [7007251]

Sources and Contributors:
Springfield..........  [BHA, FDA, VP Preferred]
.......................  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1988) 11:180-181
.......................  National Archives and Record Administration database (1987-)
.......................  USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS17018675
.......................  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1984)
Subject: .....  [BHA, FDA, VP]
..................  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1988) XI, 180-181; 11:180-181
..................  National Archives and Record Administration database (1987-)
..................  USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS17018675
..................  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1984)
 
Note:
English .......... [VP]

 

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