Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel


One Monarch Place, Springfield, MA, 01144, United States   •  Weather:   

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"City of Firsts"

Settled in 1636, Springfield, MA has a long history as the birthplace of many innovations, earning the nickname "City of Firsts." Not only was it the first Springfield in the New World, it was also home to the first Sheraton Hotel in 1937.

Learn more about other firsts in Springfield, MA:

  • 1794: First US armory
  • 1825: First automobile, powered by steam, invented by Thomas Blanchard
  • 1844: First vulcanization of rubber by Charles Goodyear, later used for tire production
  • 1847: First Merriam-Webster dictionary published
  • 1845: First railroad sleeping car, produced by Wason Manufacturing Company
  • 1853: First national horse show
  • 1854: First monkey wrench, produced by Bemis & Call
  • 1858: First publication of Emily Dickinson's poems in Springfield Republican
  • 1860: First popular American board game, The Checkered Game of Life (now The Game of Life) by Milton Bradley
  • 1873: First US postcard printed by Morgan Envelope Factory
  • 1875: First dog show in US
  • 1885: Good Housekeeping magazine founded
  • 1892: Basketball invented by local professor, Dr. James Naismith. Visit the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
  • 1895: First gasoline-powered automobile, the Duryea
  • 1901: First motorcycle, the American Indian
  • 1907: First fire department with mobilized fire engine, built by Springfield's Knox Automobile Company
  • 1920: Rolls Ryce first produced in Springfield
  • 1930: First marketing of frozen foods by Clarence Birdseye, using Springfield as a test market
  • 1931: "Gee Bee" monoplane first produced in Springfield by Granville Brothers Aircraft
  • 1937: Seymour Planetarium at Springfield Museum of Science built, now oldest operating planetarium in the country
  • 1937: And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street published, first children's book written by Springfield native Theodor Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss