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Introduction to Blue Springs Missouri
Blue Springs is a city located in the U.S. state of Missouri within Jackson County. Blue Springs is located 19 miles east of downtown Kansas City and is the 9th largest city in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area
Blue Springs’ history is tied to the migration of settlers on their westward journey. Pioneers found the area to be an ideal stopover due to the abundance of cool, clean water from a spring of the Little Blue River—hence the name Blue Springs. The presence of water and a need for pioneer supplies led to the construction of a grist mill and permanent settlement at the current site of the City's Burrus Old Mill Park on Woods Chapel Road.
The Jackson County Court granted the incorporation of Blue Springs on September 7, 1880, making the City the fourth settlement in the county to be incorporated. An early settler, Franklin Smith, arrived in Blue Springs from Virginia in 1838 and became a leading figure in the community's development. He established the first post office in 1845, naming it after the well-known springs.
The settlement continued to grow near the springs until 1878, when the Chicago and Alton Railroad announced plans to build a station about one mile east of the original settlement. To take advantage of the commerce the railroad would bring, the town moved its center to the site of the new station and continued its development as a rural trading center. The Chicago & Alton Hotel built in 1878, located on Main Street west of the railroad tracks is the oldest business in the City of Blue Springs.
Historical attractions near or in Blue Springs include: Missouri Town 1855, Fort Osage National Historic Landmark, Dillingham-Lewis House Museum, Chicago & Alton Hotel Museum, and the Lone Jack Civil War Museum.
Until 1965, the Blue Springs City Hall was located in a very small block building under the old water tower on the northwest corner of 11th and Walnut Streets. City Hall and the water tower were torn down not long after vacating the buildings. From 1965 to 1968, the second City Hall was a metal building located in the 200 block of 11th Street, across the street from the former Blue Springs Post Office. In 1968 the current City Hall was built at 903 W. Main Street as the Blue Springs Municipal Building. The Blue Springs Municipal Building held the Blue Springs Police Department in the lower level and city hall functions on the main level until 1988, when the Police Department moved to a new police station at 1100 SW Smith Street. The Municipal Building was remodeled in 1989 and was renamed the Blue Springs City Hall.
The June 1911 issue of Technical World magazine published an article claiming that Blue Springs "boasts of possessing the world's champion marble players," and published a picture of a competition. It named Dan Stanley, George Webb, George Binger and Lynn Pryor as the best.
In 2010, CNN/Money Magazine ranked Blue Springs 49th on its list of the 100 Best Places to Live in the United States.
Sources: Wikipedia: Blue Springs, Missouri History
Blue Springs, Missouri Official Website: http://www.bluespringsgov.com/
Blue Springs Attractions
- Fleming Park
- Blue Springs Lake
- Lake Jacomo
- Centennial Pool Plex
- Adams Pointe Golf Course
- Baumgardner Park
- Blue Springs Park
- Burrus Old Mill Park
- Burrus Old Mill Skate Parks
- Central Park
- Dog Park at Gregory O. Grounds Park
- Franklin Smith School Park
- Gregory O. Grounds Park
- Hidden Valley Sports Complex
- James Walker School Park
- James Walker Skate Park
- Keystone Park
- Pink Hill Park
- Rotary Park at Railroad Lake
- Ward Park
- Wilbur Young Park
- Wood Chapel Park
Blue Springs Hospital
- St. Mary's Medical Center
Blue Springs Public Library
- Mid-Continent Public Library
Blue Springs Utilities
- Natural Gas Service- Spire Inc.
- Electrical Service-Kansas City Power and Light, KC&PL—a division of Evergy.
- Water & Sewer Service-City of Blue Springs Missouri supplies most of water to Blue Springs and sewer service to the entire city.
- Water Service Only-Jackson County Public Water Supply District #13 is the supplier of water for the southernmost portion of Blue Springs.
- Cable Television-Comcast Cable, and AT&T U-verse
- Telephone Service-AT&T, and Embarq south of Mason School Road.
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