While there are no official neighborhoods in Springfield, some areas are designated as neighborhoods unofficially. The most well known "unofficial" neighborhood is the Washburne Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Washburne features well-trimmed hedges along tree-lined streets with many homes built in the early 1900s. Here you can see all kinds of historical architecture, with homes built in the early bungalow style located next to Colonial Revival and Queen Anne style homes. The Springfield General Hospital, which was established in 1913 and is now an apartment building, is also listed on the NRHP. The areas of Gateway, Glenwood, North Springfield, and Thurston are also considered unendorsed neighborhoods in Springfield.

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Located over the Willamette River and just to the west and of Eugene, Oregon, the city of Springfield is a large city, with over 60,000 residents inside 15 square miles of territory. Springfield was founded in the 1880s, and has been inhabited and growing continually ever since. Originally the town was known for its role in the lumber industry, but Springfield has since diversified its interests into more stable and varied markets, and it continues to be a main location for the growing and harvesting of hazelnuts.

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