#0432 Springfield


#0432 Springfield

Site information:

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

Nothing remains of this site, as far as I know.


Plaque information:

Private plaque

Plaque text


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.

Tablet placed by Historic Landmarks Committee and Columbia Parlor No. 258, Native Sons of the Golden West, July 25, 1948.

Registered 3/16/1949