Soulsbyville is located eight miles east of Sonora on the right side of Highway 108. On the left of HWY 108 is the Outpost, and Crystal Falls which are considered part of Sonora. Our Map of Soulsbyville
The town is all residential with one local market and a post office. Residents of Willow Springs pay dues for access to a community area part of which includes a small fishing pond. In January 2007, the visit of a smew, a small diving duck rarely seen in the United States, brought numerous birders and many news reporters to see the bird. The Mymotherlode article “Male Smew Arrives In The Mother Lode” is here.
History of Soulsbyville
Site of the famous Soulsby Mine discovered by Benjamin Soulsby, Soulsbyville is the first community in Tuolumne County to be founded (1855) entirely upon the operation of a lode mine. First to work the mine were hard rock miners from Cornwall, England, the first group of 499 Cornishmen arrived in 1858. -State Historical Landmark number 420. For more about other gold finds see the Rockhounding section in the recreation guide.
The elementary school song about the town goes like this: “Drop on by, we’re up the hill. We’re the kids from Soulsbyville. See the town with the old saw mill, we’re the kids from Soulsbyville. Living here is mighty fine, thanks to Ben Soulsby’s old gold mine, come see us, if you will. WE’RE THE KIDS FROM SOULSBYVILLE!”. Check out the schools web site.
Soulsbyville Zip Code: 95372
US Post Office – Soulsbyville 20489 Willow Springs Drive