Springfield ‘a Gem of a City’

Woodruff and the Chamber had encouraged private companies in the 1920s and ’30s to harness the hydropower from Ozark streams. 

When they didn’t and the Army Corps of Engineers embarked on their massive White River multi-purpose dam campaign, Woodruff and packs of Springfield leaders traveled to Washington, D.C., to testify before Congress on behalf of these projects.  

An anonymous letter to the editor in the October 31, 1925, Springfield Leader captures the mystical association dams, roads, and prosperity had for that era’s believers in progress. 

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