California Historical Landmarks in Tuolumne County
California Historical Landmark 432
Springfield and Horseshoe Bend Roads
Springfield received its name from the abundant springs gushing from limestone boulders. Town, with its stores, shops, and hotel, built around a 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.
Tablet placed by Historic Landmarks Committee and Columbia Parlor No. 258, Native Sons of the Golden West, July 25, 1948.