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First settled before the year 1700 by Quakers who arrived in Pennsylvania with William Penn, Springfield was first recognized as a governmental entity in 1686. For the early years, Springfield was primarily a farming town. The township of Springfield, in Delaware County, is located 12 miles southwest of Philadelphia and retains a bit of its “country living” feel, boasting a country club with municipal golf course, a swimming pool, an indoor ice skating rink, and an extensive park system of 211 acres in 24 locations.
In 1701 construction began on Baltimore Pike, one of the main thoroughfares. The road was formed of sturdy oak planks, some of which still exist under the road today. >At the beginning of the 20th century Springfield’s Baltimore Pike had become one of the busiest commercial areas outside of Philadelphia. The strip of Baltimore Pike in Springfield became known as “The Golden Mile”.
Most of Springfield’s farmland has been developed into numerous neighborhoods of standard suburban single-family homes. One of the largest single developments was the Stoney Creek development. Construction began in 1949 and was completed in only 5 years. The huge development stretched from West Avenue to Providence Road and ran all the way up to Baltimore Pike. Over 75 homes were constructed in the development. Unlike most housing developments of their time, no two houses were alike.