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Old 08-09-2013, 10:21 PM
 
Location: New Mexico --> Northern Vermont in March
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Portland, Maine and Portland, Oregon are probably the two cities with the same name that would need clarification as to what state the city is in. One says "Portland" and most assume Oregon, but often times many would think of Maine first as well, especially in the Northeast. Though Portland, Oregon's namesake is the city in Maine as one of the first pioneers to settle it was from there.
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Old 08-09-2013, 10:38 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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The Simpsons springfield was names after springfield Montana. They finally released it after 25 years of the cartoon. I'm pretty sure it has a connection with the creator of the Simpsons
The connection is with Springfield Oregon. The streets in NW Portland are Flanders, Quimby, Lovejoy and maybe a couple of others that don't spring to mind but are characters in the show. Matt Groening went to Lincoln High in the SW part of Portland and has carved a picture of Bart Simpson complete with signature there.

The Simpson family is named after his relatives living in Oregon. Springfield is the capital of Oregon. While other cities have a Springfield, Groening has ties with Portland. The actors who do voiceovers have been grand marshals in Portland's Rose Parade in his honor as a hometown boy made good.

'The Simpsons': Springfield's Location Revealed

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Old 08-09-2013, 11:32 PM
 
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Concord MA, NH, NC, CA
Pittsburgh, NH, PA
Boston MA, SC, GA
Arlington TX, VA
Charleston WV, SC
Portsmouth, NH, RI, VA
Burlington, Everywhere
Salem, Or, NH, MA
Pasadena, CA, TX
Miami, OH, FL

Manchester, MA actually changed its name to Manchester By the Sea in the 90s to avoid Confusion with Manchester, NH
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Old 08-10-2013, 06:53 AM
 
Location: Fishers, IN
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The connection is with Springfield Oregon. The streets in NW Portland are Flanders, Quimby, Lovejoy and maybe a couple of others that don't spring to mind but are characters in the show. Matt Groening went to Lincoln High in the SW part of Portland and has carved a picture of Bart Simpson complete with signature there.

The Simpson family is named after his relatives living in Oregon. Springfield is the capital of Oregon. While other cities have a Springfield, Groening has ties with Portland. The actors who do voiceovers have been grand marshals in Portland's Rose Parade in his honor as a hometown boy made good.

'The Simpsons': Springfield's Location Revealed
Pretty sure Salem is the capital of Oregon.
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Old 08-10-2013, 09:09 AM
 
Location: New Orleans
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There is a Gonzales and a Luling in both Texas and Louisiana...oddly enough, in both states, they are close to each other.
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Old 08-10-2013, 10:11 AM
 
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Newark NJ, DE, and CA. There are definitely some more but that's off the top of my head.

Newark, NJ and DE are pronounced differently, too, but not sure about pronunciation in CA. New-ARK in DE vs New-ERK (or something more similar to Nork) in NJ.
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Old 08-10-2013, 10:15 AM
 
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Pretty sure Salem is the capital of Oregon.
Yeah, that didn't sound right to me. Isn't Springfield the capital of Illinois?

I'd also heard that Springfield was chosen for The Simpsons because of how many there are throughout the US. Maybe there were other reasons more specific, but I thought tho was definitely one of them.
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Old 08-10-2013, 11:47 AM
 
Location: New Orleans
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Yeah, that didn't sound right to me. Isn't Springfield the capital of Illinois?

I'd also heard that Springfield was chosen for The Simpsons because of how many there are throughout the US. Maybe there were other reasons more specific, but I thought tho was definitely one of them.
Yeah, it was, but Groening admitted a few months ago that it was inspired by the one in Oregon.
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Old 08-10-2013, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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Pretty sure Salem is the capital of Oregon.
Whoops! Sorry, my bad. You are correct. Fingers slipped again. Springfield is a town in Oregon but not the capital.
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Old 08-10-2013, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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Yeah, that didn't sound right to me. Isn't Springfield the capital of Illinois?

I'd also heard that Springfield was chosen for The Simpsons because of how many there are throughout the US. Maybe there were other reasons more specific, but I thought tho was definitely one of them.
Yes Springfield is the capital of Illinois. Salem is the capital of Oregon. I used to live in Chicago. That's what I was probably thinking when I put the capital of Oregon in Springfield.
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