Springville and its amaz­ing evo­lu­tion 1850-2014

Serve Daily - - LIBERTY SHALL BE MAINTAINED - By He­len Beardall

The be­gin­nings and the build­ing of a new town a r e f a s c ina t ing. The fore­sight of men as they laid out new towns, al l the way f rom Salt Lake down to Springville and points south, re­quired imag­i­na­tion, and in­cred­i­ble plan­ning pat terns.

Spr in­gville’s Main St reet was a thor­ough fare of which t rav­el­ers would t ravel go­ing f rom Nor th to South. En­tre­pre­neur­ial- minded men took ad­van­tage of the t rav­el­ers and new­com­ers in the city.

Farm­ers raised crops, sup­ply­ing and sel l ing f re sh foods for the t rav­eler s such a s: s t raw­ber r ies, peas, corn, apr icots, peaches, and che r r ie s, much of which would not be avai lable a s they t rav­eled in their wag­ons and sur reys along r ut ted dus t y roads. A ver y cold d r i n k of wa t e r f rom t he ma ny springs lo­cated in town was a great ref resh­ment for the tired and dusty t rav­eler.

We a r i n g trav­el­ers were gr a teful for the board and room ac­com­mo­dat ions that Spr in­gvi l le had be­come known for as well as its hos­pi­tal­ity re­gard­ing its fine ho­tels, namely the Har ri­son Ho­tel lo­cated on South Main St reet , the Boyer Ho­tel, which was lo­cated on 300 South and 100 West, the Man­i­tou Ho­tel lo­cated on 200 South and 200 West. These ho­tels were close in prox­imit y to the Main St reet , as well as the rail­road sta­tion lo­cated on 400 West and 200 South. These pla c e s of hous i ng fo r t r avele r s sup­plied a nice bed, with per­haps mat t re sse s s t uf fed wi th c a t t a i l s har­vested f rom Utah Lake, st raw gat hered f rom t he fal l t h reshi ng of wheat etc., duck feath­ers, and goose down for the pi l lows. The bed a nd s p r i ngs would con s i s t of pos t s ha r ves ted f rom nea rby canyons s t r apped to­gether wi th si new ( leather) l aced wi th si s a l rope to form the spr ings that had to be tight­ened ever y so of ten to make them taunt.

Re­mem­ber the say­ing, “Sleep t ight and don’t let the bed bugs bite”. The bed­ding or quilts were made f rom scraps of mater ial new or used, wool or cot ton and fash­ioned into beau­ti­ful quilts of ex­quis­ite hand work and de­sign and al­ways cov­ered with a bed spread to keep the dust and dir t f rom get ting into the un­der- cov­ers.

Bat h rooms in t he e a r ly d ay s were not the norm but a won­der­ful item cal led the cham­ber pot was suppl ied for the wear y t rav­eler s , al­ways lo­cated un­der the bed so they would not have to go out­side to an out­house. A bath tub elon­gated in shape made of metal or a round tub, was lo­cated down the hall, to be used by ev­ery­one who de­sired a bath. With a “lit tle” warm wa­ter and lye soap, this pro­vided a very re­lax­ing toi­let ry for the t rav­eler.

A few sho r t ye a r s a go Mai n Street was known as “Mo­tel Street” wit h mo­tels f rom t he Nor th end to the South, all ext int and to­day Spr in­gville has a Day’s Inn, a new ho­tel go­ing up the free­way and 400 South, a ho­tel on the Nor th exit of town along with a restau­rant . Foods are shipped into town f rom all over the U. S. to feed t rav­el­ers. Ent repreneurial- ship they call it.

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