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Welcome to Springfield Rewind. With the help of the Sangamon Valley Collection at Lincoln Library, we are looking at the ways Springfield has changed over the years. If you have photos of Springfield Past that you would like to share, or ideas for what you would like to see – email them to me and I’ll add them to the collection.

How does this work?

Springfield Rewind uses very large image files, which may take several seconds to load if you don’t have a high speed internet connection. When the main photo on the page is loaded, move your mouse pointer over the photo and hold it there. This will cause the updated photo to load and it will be displayed until you move the mouse pointer away from the image. You can then switch back and forth by moving the pointer over the image.

russ@springfieldrewind.com


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4th and Adams
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5th Street
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7th and Monroe
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Spring and Cook
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Main Gate
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5th and Adams
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Paris Cleaners
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301 W. Edwards
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Ursuline PE Class
State Fairgrounds
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Lincoln Park Bridge
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State Fair Grandstand
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Lincoln's Tomb
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6th and Monroe
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300 Block S. 6th
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5th and South Grand
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225 E. Monroe
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100 Block N. 5th
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4th and Washington
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4th and Canady
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210 South 5th
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5th and South Grand
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5th and Adams
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5 Comments

  1. I am in Springfield for my class reunion and can not believe the progress in this city in the past 10 years. I won’t wait so long to come “back home” any longer. Thanks for the great job that you do…I am a fan and look at my hometown often. The comparison pictures are unbelieveable. Went to the Lincoln Museum today and it is absolutely awesome.

    Marcia Pehlman Ramsey
    Dallas TX

  2. Alicia:

    Thank you so much for creating this site! The photos are amazing and it is so interesting to see how Springfield has changed over the years. I really appreciate the time and effort that has gone into taking the pictures from the same angles, etc.! Thanks again!

  3. Helen Fay Bridges:

    Dear Russ,

    I was looking for Ray Suddarth, Butler Grade School, and Springfield, Illinois when I entered your site. Thank you for bringing my home town back to life for me! This is so wonderful.

    Experiencing your photos and the love you have for Springfield refills me!!

    Thank you, Thank you…

    Helen

  4. What a terrific site! Is this Ed Russo, who started the Sangamon Valley Collection at Lincoln Library in the ’70s?

    Ed used to provide an historic Springfield photo for me to use on my Channel 20 ‘Saturday Report’ program in the late ’70s.

    Thanks for helping us all walk down memory lane and visit the Springfield of our youth.

    nick penning

  5. Paul Bell:

    I would like to know what the name of Stevenson Dr. Before it was Stevenson .

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