Springfield

Population

2010: 153,060, #155 in U.S., #3 in Massachusetts

1950: 162,399, #61 in U.S.

2010 Metropolitan Area: 692,942, #76 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area: 455,565, #42 in U.S.

Setting

Springfield was founded in 1636 on the Connecticut River. Today it has parks and a River Walk along the river.

Buildings

Tallest building: Monarch Place (1989), 400 feet

List of tallest buildings

Downtown Springfield has a 300-foot Campanile clocktower (1913).

Stores

Springfield has no downtown department stores. Tower Square is a small enclosed mall in the downtown area. It was called Baystate West Mall when it was built in 1970.

Trains

Amtrak has shuttle trains from Springfield going south to New Haven, Connecticut, connecting with Northeast Corridor trains. Also, the Lake Shore Limited goes east to Boston and west to Chicago, and the Vermonter runs north to St. Albans, Vermont, and south to New York City and Washington, D.C. Union Station (1926) is currently unused, as Amtrak uses a newer, nearby building.



Springfield and Connecticut River

Museums

The Basketball Hall of Fame and Springfield Armory National Historic Site are located downtown. The Springfield Museums have museums of art, history, and science.

Theaters

Springfield has no downtown movie theaters. The Paramount (sometimes called the Hippodrome), a 1926 movie palace, has been used for concerts and other events in recent years. The Springfield Symphony Orchestra plays at Symphony Hall (1912, renovated 2004), which also hosts other concerts and touring Broadway shows.

Sports

The Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League play at the MassMutual Center (1972).

Map of Downtown Springfield

Springfielddowntown.com

Convention and Visitors Bureau