Springtown, California

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

California State Route 68 in Springtown, 2019
California State Route 68 in Springtown, 2019
Springtown is located in California
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
CountyMonterey County
Elevation52 ft (16 m)
GNIS feature ID221451


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]

In the 1960s, it was considered that the community should become a retirement community.[4]

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, at the corner of California State Route 68 and Hitchcock Road.[2]

Name changeEdit

In 2017 a local campaign was started to rename the area. The Monterey County Board of Supervisors voted in support of the name change.[5]

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. The name "Confederate Corners" was rarely used or known among locals, and the area had no signs displaying the name.[6]


At the county level, Springtown is represented on the Monterey County Board of Supervisors by Supervisor Jane Parker.[7]

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.[8]

In the United States House of Representatives, Springtown is in California's 20th congressional district, represented by Democrat Jimmy Panetta.[9]


  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. ^ "Fun for the Family". winetrails. Retrieved 2020-05-18.
  5. ^ Rubin, Sara. "Feds change the name of Confederate Corners on Highway 68 to Springtown". Monterey County Weekly. Retrieved 2020-05-18.
  6. ^ Adami, Chelcey (May 18, 2018). "Salinas' Confederate Corners renamed Springtown". The Salinas Californian. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  7. ^ "About the Monterey County Supervisors & their Districts". Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Statewide Database". UC Regents. Retrieved February 11, 2015.
  9. ^ "California's 20th Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved September 24, 2014.