Springfield, Massachusetts has contributed many inventions that has made America what it is today. Below is the most popular inventions that were started created right here in Springfield. For the full list of inventions, please click the "Full List of Inventions" button above. You will be redirected to Springfield, MA official government website.
Invention of The Webster Dictionary
In 1831, George and Charles Merriam founded the company as G & C Merriam Co. in Springfield, Massachusetts. In 1843, after Noah Webster died, the company bought the rights to An American Dictionary of the English Language from Webster's estate. All Merriam-Webster dictionaries trace their lineage to this source.
- First Automobile -
J. Frank and Charles Duryea of Springfield, Massachusetts, had designed the first successful American gasoline automobile in 1893 on Taylor Street, then won the first American car race in 1895, and went on to make the first sale of an American-made gasoline car the following year.
Rolls Royce Production
The M. Allen Swift 1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom I
After World War I, Rolls-Royce, the British luxury car maker, decided to set up a manufacturing center in the United States. This was in response to the high demand for Rolls-Royce cars in this country. Due to the highly skilled workforce in Springfield, Massachusetts, the Company chose this region as the location for the plant. Over the course of the decade of the 1920s more than 3,000 luxury automobiles were produced in the Springfield factory.
WBZ America's First Broadcasting Station
WBZ was one of a handful of radio stations that was issued the first Limited Commercial license that had specified broadcasting on the 360-meter wavelength that would be formally designated by the December 1st regulations. By some interpretations, this made WBZ America's first broadcasting station, and in 1923 the Department of Commerce, referring to WBZ, stated that "The first broadcasting license was issued in September, 1921". However, WBZ's priority is not widely recognized, when compared to other stations with earlier heritages, in particular KDKA, WWJ in Detroit, and KQW in San Jose, California (now KCBS in San Francisco).
Springfield Indian Motorcycle
Indian Motorcycle is an American brand of motorcycles originally produced from 1901 to 1953 in Springfield, Massachusetts, United States. Hendee Manufacturing Company initially produced the motorcycles, but the name was changed to the Indian Motorcycle Manufacturing Company in 1923.
The Indian Motorcycle factory team took the first three places in the 1911 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy. During the 1910s, Indian Motorcycle became the largest manufacturer of motorcycles in the world.
Milton Bradley was an American board game manufacturer established by Milton Bradley in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1860. In 1920, it absorbed the game production of McLoughlin Brothers, formerly the largest game manufacturer in the United States. Since 1984, it has been a division of Hasbro.
Popular Games Owned By Milton Bradley That You May Know:
- Candy Land
- Connect 4
- Crocodile dentist
- Hungry Hungry Hippo
- Guess Who?
- Operation (owned the rights since 1965)