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The Springfield, IL Area

Springfield, the capital of Illinois, is located in the central part of the state on fairly level terrain.  It is the county seat of Sangamon County, which is included in the metro area along with Menard county.  The water supply comes from Lake Springfield, an artificial lake owned by the City Water, Light & Power company.

The land was originally populated with trappers and traders, around the same time it became a state in the early 1800’s.  The town was first named, Calhoun (after Senator John C. Calhoun), but was renamed to Springfield; after the Senater began to lose favor from the public.  The new name marks the beginning of an attempt to parallel the then innovative city of Massachusetts. 

Fertile soil and trading opportunities is what eventualy lead to Springfield becoming the governmental headquarters of the state preceded by Kaskaskia from 1809-1819 and Vandalia from 1819-1839.  Abraham Lincoln was among the early settlers.  He lived there from 1837 as a lawyer and politician, up until becoming president.  He is largely responsible for Springfield’s designation as state capital.

In 1838, armed militia leading the Potawatomi nation out of Twin Lakes, Indiana, during the Potawatomi Trail of Death, passed through Springfield on their way to reservation lands in present day Kansas.  An event which went down as the largest Indian removal in Indiana history.
Spingfield played a major role in the civil war as a regiment training center and a political and financial source of support with the construction of new industries, business, and railroads to help fund the war effort.  Elmer E. Ellsworth, a Springfield resident, was counted as the first death of the Civil war.  Post war transition involved Springfield becoming a pivotal territory of the Illinois railroad system and a coal mining town.

The Springfield Race Riot marks yet another significant event in Springfield history.  This 3-day riot broke out after allegations, in two separate incidents, were brought against black individuals for crimes committed against white victims.  The riots resulted in 2 lynching and four shooting deaths. 

Hotel Services & Amenities

As a La Quinta Inn & Suites Springfield hotel guest, you will be welcomed to a clean room with soft pillow top beds that will put you to sleep as soon as your head hits the pillow.  40” high definition televisions will keep you entertained with premium television programming.  Guests can enjoy leftovers thanks to the microwave and refrigerator in every room.  Brew up a hot cup of coffee first thing in the morning before preceding downstairs to enjoy a delicious breakfast from the Bright Side Breakfast bar.

An alarm clock is available to keep you on schedule; while a hair dryer and iron with ironing board ensures you look your best for whatever you’ve got planned for the next day.  A phone with voicemail allows you to make free local calls and receive messages when you are out of the room.  Free high speed Internet access will keep you on the grid, so you can take care of business or do whatever it is you like to spend your leisure time doing on your mobile devices. 

An onsite fitness center is stocked with cardio and weight lifting equipment to keep up your physical maintenance.  An indoor pool is is freely accessible for year round swimming activities.  The Bright Side Market is a convenient resource where you can grab a late night snack, if you don’t want to leave the hotel.

Attractions Near Springfield IL

There are a multitude of historic sites associated with Abraham Lincoln including the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Lincoln Tomb and War Memorial, Lincoln - Herndon Law Offices, the Old State Capitol, and the Lincoln Depot.

Take a stroll through the Washington Park Botanical Garden to admire the gorgeous greenery and colorful flowers.  The Illinois State Museum is where you can learn more about the history of the state of Illinois with insightful exhibits or see what’s happening at the Prairie Capital Convention Center or Route 66 Conference Center. 

Swing by the Knights Action Park and Robinson Zoo to give the kids or the kid-in-you a real treat.  Drop by the Illinois State Fairgrounds if you happen to be in town during festival season.  Plan a rec day out on Lake Springfield for some outdoor water fun.  Drive by the Dana-Thomas House to witness a masterpiece of 12000 square feet of exquisite architecture, so magnificent that it is the first and only site acquired by the state purely because of its unique style.

There’s several good shopping venues including White Oaks Mall, Capital City Shopping Center, Fairhills Shopping Center.    There are also various medical facilities nearby including St. John Hospital, Memorial Medical Center, Vibra Hospital of Springfield, Memorial Health System, Springfield Clinic, LLP. 

Universities and colleges in the area include University of Illinois, Benedictine University at Springfield IL, Robert Morris University, St. John's College, and Lincoln Land Community College.  Reserve your room at the La Quinta Inn & Suites Springfield to get a great location near all these attractions.