Springtown, California

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Springtown
Springtown is located in California
Springtown
Springtown
Location in California
Coordinates: 36°38′41″N 121°39′52″W / 36.64472°N 121.66444°W / 36.64472; -121.66444Coordinates: 36°38′41″N 121°39′52″W / 36.64472°N 121.66444°W / 36.64472; -121.66444[1]
CountryUnited States
StateCalifornia
CountyMonterey County
Elevation52 ft (16 m)
GNIS feature ID221451

Springtown' (formerly, Confederate Corners)[2] is an unincorporated community in Monterey County, California, United States.[1]

History[edit]

Originally Springtown or Spring Town, the place was named Confederate Corners after some Southerners settled there in the late 1860s.[2] The early settlement included a general store and a wagon-making factory.[3]

The place is the inspiration for the fictional small town "Rebel Corners" in John Steinbeck's novel The Wayward Bus. It is located 2 miles (3.2 km) south-southwest of Salinas, on California State Route 68.[2]

Name change[edit]

In 2017 a local campaign was started to rename the area. The Monterey County Board of Supervisors voted in support of the name change.

In 2018, the U.S. Board on Geographic Names approved changing the name to Springtown in reference to Francis and John Spring who had moved in the 1800s to Monterey County from San Francisco.[4] The name "Confederate Corners" was rarely used or known among locals, and the area had no signs displaying the name.

Government[edit]

At the county level, Springtown is represented on the Monterey County Board of Supervisors by Supervisor Jane Parker.[5]

In the California State Legislature, Springtown is in the 12th Senate District, represented by Democrat Anna Caballero, and in the 30th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Robert Rivas.[6]

In the United States House of Representatives, Springtown is in California's 20th congressional district, represented by Democrat Jimmy Panetta.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Springtown". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ a b c Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 887. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  3. ^ Alexander, Kurtis (19 August 2017). "Residents of Confederate Corners near Salinas say the name is history". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  4. ^ Adami, Chelcey (May 18, 2018). "Salinas' Confederate Corners renamed Springtown". The Salinas Californian. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  5. ^ "About the Monterey County Supervisors & their Districts". Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Statewide Database". UC Regents. Retrieved February 11, 2015.
  7. ^ "California's 20th Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved September 24, 2014.