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"Springfield is the oldest municipality in Livingston Parish, and is also thought to be one of the oldest settlements in the State of Louisiana. Tthere is evidence of inhabitants in this area as early as 1720.
The town, formerly known as Bookter's Landing, later became known as Springfield due to the freshwater springs that coverd the area. Before the Civil War, Springfield was one of the leading shipping centers in this area, as the Natalbany (na-tall-benny) and the Tickfaw (tick-fall) rivers were used as the inlet through which cotton moved to the port of New Orleans. However, near the end of the war, cotton became less important, and the town started to perish. The New Orleans Gas Light and Banking company established a bank in Springfield to try to put the town on its feet once again. This would be the first bank in Livingston Parish, though years later, the bank failed. Not long after, the old bank was transformed into a courthouse. This was after Springfield was chosen the parish seat in 1835. The building of the old courthouse is still standing to this day, on the corner of Mulberry and Second street. Springfield then was incorporated on March 12, 1838 by a Legislative Act.
In the mid-1980's, lumber became an important commodity and brought an economic uplift to the town of Springfield. Millions of board-feet of lumber were shipped to ports world-wide as the Natalbany River became a virtual highway to this progress. Today, Springfield is referred to as a "bedroom community," whose residents depend largely on the Mississippi River industries for emploment. Our residential growth and our natural habitat has spurred economic growth throughout the community. The new Tickfaw State Park and our friendly citizens welcome visitors to our community." (From an Springfield brochure)
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We have a Middle School, Elementry, and a Headstart. We also have a police force, volunteer fire department, which includes about six fire trucks and one medical unit. There is a grocery store, hardware, video retal, three churches, 5 gas stations and much more. So come visit us some time! Find us on the map near I-55 and Hammond, Ponchatoula area.
(Phillip M. Pigott 4/16/00)
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