During the early 1900s, Springfield started a holiday named "Whacking Day" with the intention of beating up Irish immigrants in Springfield, and eventually transformed into an event where Springfield's denizens beat several snakes to death.
In the mid-20th century, the city reached perhaps the pinnacle of its success when it became the home of the Aquacar, a car which could be driven in water like a boat.
Its features include one nuclear power plant; at least five elementary schools; a minor league all-star baseball stadium; an airport; a harbor; a downtown district; a large tire yard (burning since 1966); a ghetto; a Russian District; its own Little Italy; several specialized shopping districts, Moe's Tavern, Barney's Bowl-A-Rama and a Chinatown.
Springfield's nearest neighboring town is Shelbyville. There is strong rivalry between the towns, dating back to the rivalry between their founders—Jebediah Springfield and Shelbyville Manhattan.
For many years, the evidence was sufficiently contradictory that it could not be identified with a specific state; however, Matt Groening has come forward and admitted that it was based on Springfield, Oregon. It is known as a twin city to Shelbyville, which in real life would be Eugene, Oregon.
The town has often been dubbed as the, or at a stretch, one of America's worst towns and called "America's Crud Bucket","The Armpit of America's Butt-Crack", as well as being the World's Fattest Town.
Springfield was declared one of America's fastest-growing cities.
At this point, the city's streets were literally paved with gold.The Military once invaded Springfield despite it being an American city due to Homer and his OPNOR unit going A. At one point in the town's history, gambling was legalized due to an economic slump.To attract more people into the town, Springfield legalized gay marriage.The town motto "a noble spirit embiggens the smallest man" is attributed to Jebediah.Lisa Simpson later discovered that Jebediah Springfield was in fact Hans Sprungfeld, a murderous pirate and enemy of George Washington, but eventually suggested that the myth of Springfield should be preserved for the inspiration it gives to people and did not reveal her findings.The surnames 'van Houten', 'Muntz' and 'Flanders', as well as the Lutheran denomination within the Springfield Presbylutheran church may be indications that Springfield was a focus of Germanic immigration in the past.