By Chuck Woodbury
Springfield, Ore., next door neighbor to Eugene, is the home of the TV cartoon series “The Simpsons.” That’s according to cartoon series creator Matt Groening. “The only reason is that when I was a kid, the TV show ‘Father Knows Best’ took place in the town of Springfield, and I was thrilled because I imagined that it was the town next to Portland, my home town,” Groening told Smithsonian magazine.
He also discovered that there were 34 Springfields in the United States and that would keep people guessing about which one was home to the series.
There isn’t much evidence around Springfield, Oregon, of the Simpsons, but if you look closely you’ll find some. Just off Main Street, on South 5th, the outside wall of an art shop features a large mural of the fictional family. In the Springfield Museum, large, plastic Simpson caricatures greet visitors, with space for a photo sitting alongside Homer, Marge and the gang. Gail snapped a pic of me there.
The fictional Simpson family lives on Groening’s childhood street, Evergreen Terrace in Portland.
Admission to the museum is free. It’s open Wednesday through Saturday at Main and South 6th Street.