Originally settled in 1635 as excellent farm land, West Springfield, or "West Side" - in reference to its location west of the Connecticut River was partitioned from Springfield in 1774. The City has a total area of 17.5 square miles.
Interstate 91, the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90), US Route 5 (Riverdale Street), US Route 20 (Westfield Street), Massachusetts Route 147 (Memorial Avenue) all pass through West Springfield.
West Springifeld is located 27 miles from Hartford, 90 miles from Boston, 85 miles from Albany, and 139 miles from New York City. The Connecticut River and Springfield are to its East, Chicopee is North, Westfield is to its West and Agawam is to its South.
West Springfield is considered to be part of the Springfield-Hartford Knowledge Corridor. Given its superb location, it is commonly referred to as the "crossroads of New England." The Riverdale Street corridor is a mjor regional shopping center, with a number of "big boxc" stores. The Eastern States Exposition or the "Big E" is a major rnational attraction.
Numerous parks, The "Big E," the Josiah Day House, the oldest known brick salt box stule hom e in the United States, the Metcomet-Monadnock Trail, are just some of West Springfield's sites of interest.
West Springfield has numerous schools. Nine of them are public schools, the remainder are private. Numerous retailers and box stores including Costco are employers in the area as well as Baystate, Mercy, MGM and numerous other employers in the area.
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