Step back in time at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield: It’s a story relevant to yesterday, today and tomorrow.

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Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield draws more than 200,000 visitors annually.


Imagine a time when many of the area’s streets, now lined with homes and businesses, were only fields of farmland that stretched for far as the eye could see.

But just a few miles away from Ozark, Nixa and Springfield you don’t have to imagine that—you can gaze back into time. The fields at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield look the same as when Christian County was born. The same as when the Delaware Native American tribes settled along the creek bank. The same as when two armies battled during the Civil War 150 years ago.

A lot of people in Springfield, when you mention Wilson’s Creek, will go, ‘What?’” said Superintendent Ted Hillmer. “I want people to understand what the importance of this special place…is.”

“A lot of people in Springfield, when you mention Wilson’s Creek, will go, ‘What?’” says Superintendent Ted Hillmer. “I want people to understand what the importance of this special place…is.”

Wilson’s Creek became a part of the National Park Service in April of 1960. The decision came about after much hard work by the Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Foundation, a non-profit group that was organized with the sole intention of promoting the battlefield.

“Basically, they started the park. They’re still with us and they’re still helping us out,” says Hillmer. “They’re very important to us.”

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