Relocating a Lost Town
Sangamo Town was the sister city to Springfield in 1823. Unlike Springfield whose modern appearance was assured with the arrival of the county seat early in its history, Sangamo Town stumbled and fell while the region was still a frontier. A town once inhabited by several businesses and a number of big plans was completely gone by 1850. The town of Sangamo is a field and a pasture, as it has been for 150 years. Moses Broadwell was born in 1764 in Elizabethtown, New Jersey. He was remembered as having fought in the Revolutionary War, but little else is known about his early life. Broadwell came to the Sangamo Country with the intention of establishing a commercial village and milling center. His plans, well underway by 1820, outlined the most ambitious commercial enterprise in the region, at least on paper.
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