Valley Springs in Calaveras County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
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Erected by Department of Public Works – Division of Highways. (Marker Number 264.)
Location. 38° 12.311′ N, 120° 47.469′ W. Marker is in Valley Springs, California, in Calaveras County. Marker is on State Highway 12/26 west of Double Springs Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Valley Springs CA 95252, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Valley Spring (approx. 2.3 miles away); a different marker also named Double Springs (approx. 2.7 miles away); Campo Seco (approx. 3.7 miles away); Paloma (Fosteria) (approx. 4.1 miles away); Pioneer Cemetery (approx. 4.7 miles away); Chili Gulch (approx. 5 miles away); San Andreas (approx. 6 miles away); First Restaurant in Town (approx. 6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Valley Springs.
More about this marker. There is a duplicate marker located 2.7 miles east on
Regarding Double Springs. The building is no longer standing, however a smaller building was built using the original materials and is on display at the Calaveras County Historical Society Museum in San Andreas.
Also see . . .
1. Chinese Influence in Double Springs – 1850ís. At the time this article was written the building was still standing. It was dismantled and re-built using the original materials and is on display at the Calaveras County Historical Society Museum in San Andreas, California. The original building measured 13 feet by 18 feet. The building material is camphor wood imported from China in October 1849. The building originally consisted of several individual sections, placed end to end. (Submitted on August 23, 2010.)
2. History of Calaveras County. An article on the history of the area. (Submitted on August 23, 2010.)
1. Calaveras County Courthouse - See Photo #3
Information posted at the Courthouse on display at the Calaveras County Historical Society Museum in San Andreas:
Not a reproduction, this building is made of the original wood and panels that came from China in 1849.
There were no sawmills in California
This structure is made of termite-resistant camphor, all pieces were made in Canton, China and shipped to California in 101 packages.
This 160-year old building was located at Double Springs, the county seat of Calaveras in 1850. It served as the first courthouse and later as a post office.
Originally, it was assembled with interlocking joints; no nails were used. Actual size was 13ft. by 26ft.
For this display the, the size was reduced to fit the museum space.
— Submitted August 23, 2010.
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