California State Historic Landmark 432

Plaque exists. No site exists. Landmark location.

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#432 Mark Twain Bret Harte Trail

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.

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Intersection of Springfield and Horseshoe Bend Rds, 1.1 mi SW of Columbia.

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