Valley Springs, California

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Coordinates: 38°11′30″N 120°49′45″W / 38.19167°N 120.82917°W / 38.19167; -120.82917

Valley Springs (formerly, Spring Valley and Valley Spring) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Calaveras County, California, United States. The population was 2,560 at the 2000 census. The town is located at the intersection of State Route 12 and Route 26. It is registered as California Historical Landmark #251.



In 1885 the San Joaquin and Sierra Nevada Railroad completed a narrow-gauge railroad from Brack's Landing to Valley Springs. The line eventually became the property of Southern Pacific Railroad, and a standard-gauge line into Valley Springs was substituted.

A post office was opened here in 1872, closed in 1879, and re-established in 1882.[1]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 9.8 square miles (25.4 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 2,560 people, 960 households, and 740 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 260.7 people per square mile (100.7/km²). There were 1,021 housing units at an average density of 104.0/sq mi (40.1/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 87.54% White, 0.66% Black or African American, 1.80% Native American, 1.37% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 4.84% from other races, and 3.67% from two or more races. 10.74% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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