Only View of Springfield in Reps

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38. [BIRD’S-EYE VIEW: SPRINGFIELD, CALIFORNIA]. GODDARD, George H[enry]. Springfield, Tuolumne County [below image] G.H. Goddard del. | Entered according to act of Congress in the year 1853 by G. S. Wells in the Clereks [sic] Office of the Distc. Court of the Northern Distc. of California | Lith. Britton & Rey, San Francisco [below title] Published by G. S. Wells, Sonora May 1853. Lithograph town view on blue-grey paper, image (not counting title and imprint): 18.1 x 25.2 cm; visible through mat: 20.2 x 26.2 cm. Under glass, matted, and in recent gilt-lined wooden frame. Minor creasing and light spotting (not affecting main part of image), otherwise fine. Not examined outside frame.

     First edition of an early view of the mining town of Springfield. Issued as a letter sheet with a view of Sonora (see preceding entry herein), but here separated. Baird 257. Peters, California on Stone, p. 78. Reps, Views and Viewmakers of Urban America 423. Drawn by George H. Goddard, later an important California surveyor (see [MAP]. GODDARD herein).

     Springfield, a mining town in the Sierra Nevada foothills, was named for its abundant springs, which provided operations water working the region’s gold claims. As the town grew its reputation as a place of well-behaved citizens was established. “The erection of a Methodist church before a gambling house was built makes Springfield unique in the annals of mining towns” (Mildred Brooke Hoover & Douglas E. Kyle, Historic Spots in California, Stanford, 2002). Noted for its orderliness, reflected in the tranquil scene depicted, Springfield today is abandoned.


Sold. Hammer: $900.00; Price Realized: $1,102.50.

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