• LOCATION 67 | Interstate 55: St. Louis, MO to Springfield, IL

    Lake Springfield

    We are just a few miles away from Springfield, Illinois, the Capitol of the State, and most notably, hometown to Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States.

    Springfield was first settled in 1819 and within 100 years, more than 60,000 people lived in Springfield. As there were very few rivers or lakes in the area, there was a growing concern that due to the increasing population, there may not be enough water for the people living here, especially if there was a drought. So, to solve this problem, the city decided to make a lake.

    Starting in 1931, people began using pics and shovels to clear away the land and trees just a few hundred yards to our left. They then dug a very very big hole. It took nearly 2 years to finish the hole, and then another 18 months for the nearby rivers, creeks, and streams to fill the lake with water.

    Lake Springfield is about 12 and a half feet deep and consists of more than 57 miles of shoreline. The Lake, which we can see now, is the main source of power, drinking water, and recreation for the nearly 120,000 people that currently reside in Springfield. And the Lake is still sometimes referred to as the Lake that saved Springfield.

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Interstate 55: St. Louis, MO to Springfield, IL