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Springfield, OR, makes claim as 'Simpsons' town

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The city of Springfield, OR, revealed its mural of 'The Simpsons' on Monday. The town shares its name with the fictional town of the iconic family. (Source: KEZI/CNN) The city of Springfield, OR, revealed its mural of 'The Simpsons' on Monday. The town shares its name with the fictional town of the iconic family. (Source: KEZI/CNN)

SPRINGFIELD, OR (KEZI/CNN) - Monday was an iconic day for the city as it unveiled a mural downtown honoring The Simpsons.

For more than two decades, a family based in a fictional town of Springfield has been embraced all over the world. Jess Stafford, a resident of the real Springfield (one of them, anyway), couldn't wait to introduce her family to the iconic bunch.

"I have grown up on The Simpsons my entire life, my favorite not just cartoon but TV sitcom, and what better way to introduce my kids that are younger to such a fantastic American icon," Stafford said.

They joined hundreds who gathered downtown for the unveiling of The Simpsons mural on the west side of the Emerald Arts Center. They also received help dedicating the day from a familiar face - at least a familiar voice.

Yeardley Smith, the voice of Lisa Simpson, brought comfort to Oregonians who hoped to claim "Springfield" was actually their Springfield. It has been a running joke on the show that they purposely do not identify the state where the animated family resides.

"You guys probably have a bit of a leg up because (show creator) Matt (Groening) is from Springfield, and of course you had the genius idea of putting a mural on a wall where everybody could come and see it, so you win," Smith said.

Copyright 2014 KEZI via CNN. 20th Century Fox, Gracie Films and The Curiosity Company contributed to the report. All rights reserved.

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