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 Springfield is the setting of the television soap opera Guiding Light. It is generally portrayed as a small city or large town in the midwest, and circa 2008 is more specifically named as Springfield Township in the show's opening sequence. The township is also next to a lake large enough to have a lighthouse.


Location

Springfield was proximal to other midwestern soap cities, such as Bay City and Oakdale . Bay City and Oakdale, in their storylines, are located in the state of Illinoismarker (in real life, there is an unrelated Oakdale, Illinoismarker), so, ostensibly, Springfield would also be in the same state (or possibly an adjacent state).

A handful of brief references—such as a bar's sign in the July 6, 2009 episode—have given the state as Illinois; however the real Springfield, Illinoismarker is the state capital and much larger than the town usually represented on Guiding Light. On the show's last episode, airing September 18, 2009, a car with Illinois license plates was shown leaving the town's public park.

The real life Springfield Township, LaPorte County, Indianamarker is a good fit distance and location wise, but is much too small, while Springfield, Ohiomarker is about the right size, but too far away.

In other references, most recently in a check written by the character Alexandra Spaulding (played by Marj Dusay), Springfield is a generic city merely located in "U.S.A.marker" (much like Salem on Days of our Lives and the Springfield depicted in The Simpsons). However, envelopes addressed to various characters showed a zip code beginning with 6; Illinois zip codes begin with 6. But Springfield was always identified in those addresses as Springfield, U.S.A. In a late-1980s episode of As the World Turns a highway mileage sign showed Springfield to be 90 miles from Oakdale.

The original setting of Guiding Light was Five Points, Illinois, followed by Selby Flats, Californiamarker; the location changed to Springfield in 1966 when the show's core family, the Bauers, relocated there.

Notable

Families



Citizens

main article at Citizens of Springfield, Guiding Light


Places of interest

  • The Beacon Hotel – The hotel was a project thought of by Cassie Lewis and Olivia Spencer in the late 90's. After some years of co-owning the hotel, Cassie sold Olivia her 50% stake in the hotel. Current residents include Cyrus Foley, and Lizzie Spaulding. While Olivia was dying, she gave her ownership to Cassie, but she survived and they split it again until Cassie left Springfield for Hawaii.


  • Company – This is a diner owned by Buzz Cooper, but is currently being run by everyone in the Cooper clan. It was built on the site of the Reardon family homesite, which also became a boarding house for residents of the town.


  • CO2 – After the success of his diner on Fifth Street (which burned down) and Company, Buzz Cooper branched out, and built a little Starbucks-themed coffee shop on Main Street. The current manager is Ashlee Wolfe.


  • Lewis Oil & Construction - This is the construction firm that has been owned by various members of the Lewis family, and regularly goes up against Spaulding Enterprises in business matters. The CEO is currently Bill Lewis III.


  • Lizzie's Place – This is the bar owned by Lizzie Spaulding. She purchased it because it reminded her of her ex-husband, Jonathan Randall, who had previously managed the bar.


  • Spaulding Enterprises – This is an international conglomerate located in Springfield. Headed by the ruthless Alan Spaulding, the company has traded hands throughout the years to many Spauldings. It has many divisions, and is the sole source of money for the Spaulding family fortune. Alan Spaulding stepped down in early 2007, and made his sister, Alexandra Spaulding, acting president. Since all of the Spaulding family members are heirs, control of the company is often a point of contention. Lizzie Spaulding is the eldest Spaulding heiress.


  • Spaulding Mansion – This is the biggest home in Springfield by far, even large enough to be classified as a mansion. In addition to the main house, the property also has a guest house, servant quarters, a pool house, and a potting shed. Control of the mansion is sometimes as contentious as that of the company. So in the family patriarch Brandon Spaulding's will (which became company by-laws), the C.E.O of Spaulding Enterprises would not only control the company, but also the entire Spaulding Mansion. Current or recent residents include Alan Spaulding, Alexandra Spaulding and James Spaulding. Even though Zach Spaulding and Emma Spaulding live with their mothers, they occasionally stay at the mansion. Lillian Raines, Beth Spaulding Bauer, Lizzie Spaulding, Natalia Rivera and Rafe Rivera have also lived in the mansion.


  • Spaulding Lake House- This is the lake house that is owned by the Spaulding family. This is the house where Daisy LeMay and Rafe Rivera had sex for the first time, and conceived a child.


  • Spaulding Island- This is the private Spaulding vacation destination. The entire island is owned by the family and is called San Gabriel's. This is where Beth Spaulding Bauer miscarried her son with Alan Spaulding when she found out Phillip Spaulding was alive. This is also the place where Beth gave birth to the couple's second child, Peyton Spaulding.


  • The Lewis Mansion - This is the former home of Joshua Lewis and Reva Shayne. It previously belonged to the late H.B. Lewis, but was sold upon Reva and Joshua's 2006 divorce. Reva has since moved back to her farmhouse, and has temporarily stayed at the Spaulding Mansion with Alan.


  • The Jessup Farmhouse - This is originally the home of Adam Jessup, but it was passed down to Roger Thorpe when he murdered Adam. Roger's son, Hart Jessup, took control of the farm from his father, and it became his permanent residence with Dinah Marler for over 2 years. After Hart and Dinah divorced, Hart became engaged to Cassie Layne Winslow. After he was murdered by his ex-wife Dinah, the farmhouse was given to his son with Cassie, Roger Joshua "R.J." Jessup, and became his permanent residence along with his mother Cassie (who controls interest until RJ reaches age the age of 18) and Cassie's new husband Joshua Lewis. After Cassie and R.J. moved to Hawaii, the farmhouse was left abandoned until late 2008 when Natalia Rivera bought it and began residing there. Natalia also invited Olivia Spencer and her daughter Emma to live there as well, partly to help pay the monthly payments and partly making it easier for Natalia to look after Olivia.


  • The San Cristoballian Palace - This is the large estate of the monarchs of San Cristobal. It is currently vacated, but rights are reserved to William "Will" Winslow when he reaches the age of 18. It has previously housed Cassie Layne Winslow, and her late husband, the deceased Prince Richard Winslow. It also temporarily was the home of Ambassador Edmund Winslow.


  • The Carriage House - The carriage house was recently sold, but it was formerly the home of Blake Marler and her late husband, Ross Marler for over a decade. After Ross' death in 2006, Blake sold the house and moved into the Beacon Hotel.






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