Moon CIty - A Tale of Two Cities
Named from the tale of two cities, Moon City Lofts is nothing short of mythic.
In 1867, there was a dispute over where to place the old Atlantic
and Pacific Railroad depot. There were two cities divided by
Division St. - on the south you had "Old Town" Springfield and to
the north you had a new, smaller settlement dubbed "New
The railroad had yet to pass through Springfield and the then
Mayor proclaimed, "They would build a railroad to the Moon before
they would through Springfield!"
Shortly after in 1870, "New Town" secured a land deal with the
railroad and welcomed the depot, starting a vicious rivalry
between the two cities, while also securing its new name, Moon
The two cities later united in 1887 to be what we now know as Springfield, Missouri, ensuring a major railroad hub for coal and textiles, even to this very day.