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So Which Springfield is "Simpson's" Springfield?

3/11/2007 4:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Fans of "The Simpsons" have wondered for years which real-life Springfield is the model for the Springfield in the long-running show -- and now, once and for all, they're going to find out. Sort of.

20th Century Fox has challenged each of the 16 Springfields around the country to compete for the honor of hosting the premiere of "The Simpsons Movie" in July. TMZ spoke to several Springfields, and some of them think they have a legitimate claim at the title. Springfield, Illinois, for instance, tells us that it's got big power plants right in the city, a school that looks a lot like where Bart and Lisa go to school, and even a donut plant.

Springfield, Ore. thinks it's in the running because creator Matt Groening hails from Portland, and Springfield, Mass. cites the fictional Mayor Joe Quimby's Mass-inflected accent as proof.

Other Springfields, on the other hand, might need a little help. In fact, at three of the Springfields we talked to (and who will remain stateless to protect their chances of winning), the press relations rep said they'd never even seen the show. D'oh!

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Connie    

Illinois all the way!

2692 days ago
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Jessica    

I think Springfield, IL is the Springfield in the Simpsons. In the episode "Bonfire of the Manadees" they mention going to Santa's Village. Santa's Village is located in Carpentersville, IL. That's proof enough for me. It's gotta be Illinois.

2691 days ago
48.

Chuckwagon    

In Springfield, Ohio the a old big big brick Ohio Edison electric factory . And small little lower class town to go with it!!

2681 days ago
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Chuckwagon    

I dont know if thats where it is originally plotted from.. But it would be perfect for a movie!!!

2681 days ago
50.

Sierra    

Even though it somewaht seems to point to all Springfields, the most relevant is Springfield, Illinois. The have mentioned different town names in the past that is in their state; Shelbyville, Mechanicsburg, and Jacksonville Which are all in the same area of Illinois as Springfield. There are many other connections as well.

2625 days ago
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Eric    

It is Springfield Missouri. We have the airport, the mall, lake Springfield, Shelbyville is in Missouri, and Springfield Missouri has the largest population. Biggest piece of evidence is in Season 11 Episode 22 where the narrator states it is in a town in southern Missouri just like Springfield Missouri. Also in an episode Abe Simpson crosses the boarder to go to a casino and I assume this is Downstream casino which is about 45 min away from Springfield MO in Oklahoma just feet over the boarder.

1450 days ago
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