Wicked Springfield, Missouri: The Seamy Side of the Queen City

Wicked Springfield, Missouri: The Seamy Side of the Queen City

by Larry Wood
     
 

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From its founding in the early 1830s, Springfield was a rough frontier town where whiskey flowed freely, gunplay and fistfights abounded and gambling thrived. The Civil War not only brought the horror of warfare home to Springfield but also introduced worldly vices like prostitution that were scarcely known in previous years. Yet throughout its history, Springfield…  See more details below

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From its founding in the early 1830s, Springfield was a rough frontier town where whiskey flowed freely, gunplay and fistfights abounded and gambling thrived. The Civil War not only brought the horror of warfare home to Springfield but also introduced worldly vices like prostitution that were scarcely known in previous years. Yet throughout its history, Springfield has managed to maintain a veneer of respectability not shared by certain other towns of southwest Missouri that were founded as wild, wide-open mining camps, like Joplin and Granby. Join Larry Wood as he digs beneath the surface of Queen City history to expose notorious characters and capers that would make even Joplinites blush.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940015847475
Publisher:
The History Press, Inc.
Publication date:
11/13/2012
Series:
Wicked , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
112
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Larry Wood is a retired public school teacher and a freelance writer. His historical articles have appeared in numerous publications, including America's Civil War, Blue and Gray, Gateway Heritage, Missouri Life, Missouri Historical Review, the Ozarks Mountaineer, True West and Wild West. His titles Civil War Springfield, The Two Civil War Battles of Newtonia and Wicked Joplin are available from The History Press. A native of Fair Grove, Missouri, Wood received his BA and MA degrees from Missouri State University and now lives in Joplin with his wife, Gigi.

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