TheOldLibrarian: Springfield is, or was in 1937, 92.5 miles out of Boston on US 20. There's a lengthy description of Springfield as it was then in the cities section of the Massachusett's guide book. I'll just note a few highlights in the next entry or two and encourage you to look for the book itself sometime if curious for more.
Remember, worldcat.org to see what libraries in your area own, your local library system catalog of course, and abebooks.com to buy. You're looking for Massachusetts: a guide to its places and people, Federal Writers Project, 1937.