Wicked Springfield, Missouri: The Seamy Side of the Queen City by Larry Wood
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Wicked Springfield, Missouri is a quick run down of the illicit behavior of the residents of the Queen City of the Ozarks from the 1830s through the beginning of prohibition in 1919. Wood details fights, murders, gambling addiction, bootlegging and houses of ill-repute during the early days of the city. Included is the details of Wild Bill Hickock's time in Springfield and the notorious fight he had over a gambling debt that ended in the other guy's death.
The information is interesting, but reads a little dry at times. The author obviously did his research well and he included pictures, newspaper articles and advertisements. I grew up in Springfield, so I was interested to read about some of the city's history and given the subject, was glad that none of my ancestors were listed in the book.
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