Springfield is a friendly community of 1500 people located on Highway 50 approximately 10 minutes south of Omaha. Because of its easy commute to many business and industrial areas in Omaha, Papillion, and Bellevue, it is a popular residential site for people of all ages wanting to live in a smaller community.
Established in the early 1870’s by Capt. J. D. Spearman, a Civil War Veteran, on a site where it was rumored that the Missouri-Pacific would locate, it soon became a viable community named Sarpy City. However, a few years later that rumor proved to be false and the railroad located several miles from the community. A man of foresight and ingenuity, Capt. Spearman purchased and platted another section of land which was beside the railroad and moved all the buildings from Sarpy City to the new site, with the exception of the school house. He gave the city a new name, Springfield, to reflect the many springs located on the west edge of the city. From that point on the city existed as a self-sustaining, farming community, with typical swings in its economy and population brought on by abundance and drought, World War I and the ensuing depression.
Today, the community is surrounded by many beautiful homes on acreages while the town itself has developments with many newer homes as well as bungalows and restored “farm houses”. The town has pride in its recently renovated Community Building, its three churches, its splash park and baseball and soccer fields, its downtown revitalization and its proximity to the Mo Pac Trail system. For many years the city has hosted the late summer Sarpy County Fair at its modern facilities. And it celebrates Springfield Days in early June. A modern library, several art galleries, and a vineyard with live music provide entertainment.
The school that was left at Sarpy City has long been demolished and the site has evolved to a beautiful high school. Known as Platteview Senior High School, it joins Platteview Central Junior High, Springfield Elementary and Westmont Elementary to educate South Sarpy School District 46’s enrollment of over 1000 students.
For additional information: http://www.springfieldnebraska.com
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