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Valley Springs in Calaveras County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Double Springs

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Double Springs Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, 2017
1. Double Springs Marker
Inscription.  Founded February 18, 1850. Became county seat of Calaveras County. Old court house, said to be constructed of lumber brought from China, is still standing but not on the original site.
 
Erected by Department of Public Works – Division of Highways. (Marker Number 264.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Places. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmark series list.
 
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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Valley Springs CA 95252, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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); California Pioneers Reinterred from Poverty Bar Cemetery
Double Springs -1 Mile- Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 20, 2010
2. Double Springs -1 Mile- Marker
(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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Valley Springs.
 
More about this marker. There is a duplicate marker located 2.7 miles east on Highway 12/26. See "Nearby Marker" Double Springs.

There is a marker at Double Springs, installed by the Calaveras County Chamber of Commerce in 1930.
 
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 . . .  History of Calaveras County. An article on the history of the area. (Submitted on August 23, 2010.) 
 
Additional comments.
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 at that time, all construction lumber had to be imported.
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
Double Springs Courthouse - Oldest California Courthouse - Established 1850 image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 23, 2010
3. Double Springs Courthouse - Oldest California Courthouse - Established 1850
This re-built courthouse is on display at the Calaveras County Historical Society Museum in San Andreas.
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.
 
Camphor Wood From the Courthouse in Double Springs image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 16, 2010
4. Camphor Wood From the Courthouse in Double Springs
This piece of camphir wood was originally part of the courthouse in Double Springs. It is now on display at the Sierra Nevada Logging Museum in White Pines, California.
Double Springs Ranch - Established 1849 image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 20, 2010
5. Double Springs Ranch - Established 1849
This ranch is located on Double Springs Road near the original site of the Courthouse.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 23, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,007 times since then and 35 times this year. Last updated on May 3, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1. submitted on May 2, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 23, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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