— 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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|Series||This marker is part of the Mark Twain Bret Harte Trail series, and the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West series.|
|Placed By||Historic Landmarks Committee and Columbia Parlor No. 258 Native Sons of the Golden West|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at 3:49pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||10S E 727106 N 4211389|
|Decimal Degrees||38.02176667, -120.41273333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 1.306', W 120° 24.764'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 1' 18.36" N, 120° 24' 45.84" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 10547-10557 Horseshoe Bend Rd, Columbia CA 95310, US|
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