Sense of Place

Explore the mystery and folklore of the Ozarks region by taking a step back in time. This series focuses on true stories from the vaults and attics of local historians.

The History of Springfield's Water Supply, Part 2

Jun 11, 2008

Valley Water Mill is a place where the past and the future intersect. Construction is underway on the Watershed Center. It will be a place to educate future generations about how to protect bodies of water in the Ozarks. It will also be a place to pay tribute to the history of this place. Loring Bullard is executive director of the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks and author of the book "Consider the Source: A History of the Springfield, Missouri Public Water Supply." He says the water at Valley Water Mill is part of a network of ground water.

The History of Springfield's Water Supply, Part 1

Jun 10, 2008

Loring Bullard, Executive Director of the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks and author of a book that details the history of Springfield’s public water supply. We met at Valley Water Mill to talk about that history. This was once the site of the McCracken Mill, then, in 1889, the private company that supplied water to the city of Springfield purchased the land. Bullard says the water company faced tough scrutiny.

Bullard says part of the scrutiny also came from an increased public awareness about the connection between illness and contaminated water.

The History of Springfield National Cemetery

May 28, 2008

About 15 hundred people attended a ceremony on Memorial Day at Springfield National Cemetery. As part of KSMU’s ongoing local history series “A Sense of Place,” KSMU’s Missy Shelton visited the cemetery to find out what it can teach us about the past.

The history of Springfield National Cemetery is apparent when you first pull up to the narrow black gates at the cemetery’s entrance.

And changing those narrow gates is impossible given that the cemetery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Driving goggles and vintage ball gowns are just some of the items on display at the Springfield Greene County History Museum through mid-May. They’re part of an exhibit called “On the town: What people did for fun in Springfield.” As part of our ongoing local history series Sense of Place, KSMU’s Missy Shelton takes a tour of the exhibit.