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At intersection of Springfield and Horseshoe Bend Rds, 1.1 mi SW of Columbia, Columbia, CA , USA

Latitude & Longitude: 38° 1' 18.174", -120° 24' 45.6588"
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Springfield received its name from the abundant springs gushing from limestone boulders. The town with its stores, shops, and hotel built around a plaza once boasted 2,000 inhabitants. It is believed to have been founded by Dona Josefa Valmesada, a Mexican woman of means with the reputation of aiding Americans in the war with Mexico. During the town's heyday, 150 miners' carts could be seen on the road, hauling gold-bearing dirt to Springfield springs for washing.

Last updated: 2/15/2016 21:05:00
Springfield Historical Marker Location Map, Columbia, California Map