“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Columbia in Tuolumne County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)



—Mark Twain Bret Harte Trail —

<i>Springfield. image. Click for full size.
By Richard Wisehart, March 21, 2008
1. Springfield.
Inscription. Springfield received name from abundant springs gushing from limestone boulders. Town with its stores, shops and hotel, built around plaza. Once boasted 2,000 inhabitants. Believed founded by Donna Josefa Valmesada, Mexican woman of means with reputation for aiding Americans in War with Mexico. During heyday, 150 miners carts could be seen on road, hauling gold-bearing dirt to Springfield springs for washing.
Erected 1948 by Historic Landmarks Committee and Columbia Parlor No. 258 Native Sons of the Golden West. (Marker Number 432.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mark Twain Bret Harte Trail, and the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
Location. 38° 1.306′ N, 120° 24.764′ W. Marker is near Columbia, California, in Tuolumne County. Marker is at the intersection of Springfield Road and Horseshoe Bend Road, on the right when traveling west on Springfield Road. Click for map. Approximately ½ mile west of Parrotts Ferry Rd. Marker is in this post office area: Columbia CA 95310, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Springfield Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Columbia (approx. 0.9 miles away); Hon. Jesse M. Mayo
<i>Springfield. image. Click for full size.
By Richard Wisehart, March 21, 2008
2. Springfield.
View is westerly. Town of Columbia is to the right (~0.75 miles); Highway 49 is to the left (~0.75 miles); Horseshoe Bend Rd. leads away from photo.
(approx. one mile away); a different marker also named Columbia (approx. one mile away); Hildreth Party (approx. one mile away); Eagle Cotage (approx. one mile away); Columbia Masonic Temple (approx. one mile away); Site of Donnell & Parsons Building (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Columbia.
More about this marker. Springfield Trout Farm is adjacent to this location.
Categories. Notable PlacesSettlements & Settlers
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard Wisehart of Sonora, California. This page has been viewed 1,265 times since then and 68 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Richard Wisehart of Sonora, California. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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