Springville and its amazing evolution 1850-2014
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.