This is the sixth in a weekly series of stories highlighting interesting facts about cities in Utah County.
Springville celebrated its 165th birthday this week -- it was incorporated on Feb. 13, 1853 -- but did you know these interesting 10 facts about the Utah County city?
-- Stacy Johnson, Daily Herald
Springville was originally called Hobble Creek.
According to Springville City, the area was originally called Hobble Creek by early settlers because their horses were often hobbled and left along the stream to graze in the grass. The hobbling included loosely tying their front feet together, and the hobbling often came off if the horses walked into the street. Though the town is no longer called Hobble Creek, the name remained for the nearby canyon and the golf course in the city.
The name was then named Springville after Fort Springville.
The name for the city of Springville came from a fort that stood at the location where Springville stands today, named Fort Springville — after the many streams in the area. According to “A Brief History of Springville” by William Gibson, when settlers first came to the area, Brigham Young ordered them to build a fort that would be turned into a town as soon as possible. Fort Springville was built near present-day 200 West and 200 North. The fort was demolished in the 1870s.
It is the fourth-oldest city in Utah County.
Springville was incorporated on Feb. 13, 1853, the fourth city to be incorporated in Utah County. It was incorporated four years after Provo. Lehi and Payson were also incorporated before Springville.
Springville has a population of 33,044 people.
According to 2016 U.S. Census Bureau estimates, Springville has a population of 33,044, up 11.7 percent from 2010. That make the city the sixth-largest in Utah County next to Provo, Orem, Lehi, Spanish Fork and Pleasant Grove.
Springville covers 14.38 square miles of land.
The U.S. Census Bureau says that Springville has 14.38 square miles of land. It smaller in size than Eagle Mountain, Provo, Lehi, Cedar Fort, Orem, Saratoga Springs and Spanish Fork.
That gives the city a population per square mile of 2,049, according to census numbers.
The population is younger than the national and county averages.
Springville has a young population. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 12.5 percent of Springville residents are under the age of five, compared to 11.3 percent in Utah County as a whole, and 6.5 percent nationally. The percentage of Springville residents under the age of 18 is 37.9 percent, compared to 35.2 percent in Utah County and 24 percent nationally.
It is home to Utah’s first museum for the visual arts.
If you’ve visited or live in Springville, chances are, you have been to the Springville Museum of Art. But did you know that the museum was the first built in the state for visual fine arts? The museum was completed in 1937 and was dedicated by then-LDS Apostle David O. McKay.
The museum was built after several donations of art were made in Springville, starting in 1903.
The city is home to quite a few businesses.
According to U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012 numbers, Springville was home to 2,421 businesses.
There are 28 parks in Springville.
Springville is home to parks, both in the city and in Hobble Creek Canyon. There are three parks in Hobble Creek Canyon — Jolley’s Ranch, Kelly’s Grove and Rotary Park. There are 25 city parks, with features including a swimming pond, playgrounds, sports facilities, a splash pad, pavilions and beautiful views.
Springville was the filming location for several films.
Several movies were filmed, at least in part, in Springville, including “Forever Strong,” “Mobsters and Mormons,” “Brigham City” and “Charly.”