Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Springfield

Springfield OR's commemorative Simpson's mural...
The gang's all here in Springfield...
Anyone who has any sort of passing knowledge of the long-running The Simpsons animated series knows that it is set in the town of Springfield.

But is there a real Springfield? Well, it turns out that there are about 33 of them in the United States, but the one that is the inspiration for the series is Springfield OR. The creator of the series, Matt Groenig, grew up in nearby Portland.

The real-life Springfield commemorates this fact with a large bright mural on the side of their oddly named Emerald Arts Center downtown.

The very tan coloured Emerald Arts Center in Springfield OR...
"Emerald... you keep using this word.
I do not think it means what you think it means."

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