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Springfield Unveils New Simpsons Mural

Jes Burns

Springfield unveiled a brand new mural Monday celebrating the city's connection to "The Simpsons."

In 2012, after decades of speculation by fans, show creator Matt Groening revealed the cartoon Springfield was named for the Oregon city.  Springfield officials wasted little time, and commissioned a mural in a prominent spot downtown.

Yeardly Smith, the voice of Lisa Simpson, was on hand for the celebration.

Smith: "We have always said that Springfield is every town in America.  But that is a dirty lie.  Springfield is obviously in Oregon."

Joey Souza, who traveled to the unveiling from Grants Pass, stood in a long line to get an autograph from Smith.

Souza: "I think a lot of young kids, they don’t think too much of Oregon – especially the small towns, because not a lot is always going on.  So it's really cool to have something that so popular to be here in Oregon."

Credit Jes Burns

The colorful mural features the entire Simson family, relaxing in a lush Douglass fir forest with mountains in the background.


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