"A National Historic District" Spring City by Segolily

Spring City Travel Guide: 10 reviews and 21 photos

Last year I was so enamored of the town of Oysterville. I was amazed that the entire town was a national historic district.
Little did I know that Utah had one of our own.

Settled mostly between the years 1855 and 1900 the homes and businesses in Spring City have not changed much since. Covering little over one square mile the small rural town (pop about 1000) relies mostly on agriculture to sustain itself, with some artists and tourism thrown in.

Many of the homes and buildings are made from the local oolitic limestone. Its light color is part of the charm of the town.

HISTORY

Spring City was settled, as were most of the towns in Utah, and many in southern Idaho, northern Arizona and beyond, by Mormon pioneers sent by their leaders to inhabit this vast great basin desert. James Allred chose the site and about 12 families joined him in 1852.
Sanpete County, of which Spring City is a part, was front and center in the conflict between white settlers and local natives (for example see: Blackhawk War.) Abandoned twice due to Indian raids it was resettled again in 1859. This time a great number of Danish immigrants settled in the town creating a distinct Scandinavian character.

Unlike mining towns which sprang up haphazardly or ranching towns with wide spread homesteads, those settled by Mormon Pioneers were planned nucleated villages. The homes, businesses and churches were clustered in towns built on a grid with each lot an acre in size. This allowed the settlers room for a home, a barn, a garden, and granary etc. The farms surrounded the town. Spring City has been used by students of historical planning as a primer for understanding how this was implemented.

Pick up a pamphlet guide from the gas station or other businesses describing each of the 68 historic buildings. Or enjoy it from afar with this website: Spring City

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Quiet, away from the cares of the big city
  • Cons:Not much to do
  • In a nutshell:If you came for the quiet then really nothing else matters.
  • Last visit to Spring City: Jan 2010
  • Intro Updated Feb 27, 2010
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