Spring City, Utah

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Spring City, Utah
City
Old Spring City schoolhouse
Old Spring City schoolhouse
Location in Sanpete County and the state of Utah.
Location in Sanpete County and the state of Utah.
Coordinates: 39°28′49″N 111°29′29″W / 39.48028°N 111.49139°W / 39.48028; -111.49139Coordinates: 39°28′49″N 111°29′29″W / 39.48028°N 111.49139°W / 39.48028; -111.49139
Country United States
State Utah
County Sanpete
Settled 1852
Named for Springs
Area
 • Total 1.3 sq mi (3.4 km2)
 • Land 1.3 sq mi (3.4 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 5,823 ft (1,775 m)
Population (2012)
 • Total 994
 • Density 720.5/sq mi (278.2/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 84662
Area code(s) 435
FIPS code 49-71730[1]
GNIS feature ID 1445992[2]

Spring City is a city in Sanpete County, Utah, United States. The population was 956 at the 2000 census. Although it is still largely a farming town, Spring City is becoming increasingly known as an artist community.[3] Many excellent examples of Mormon pioneer architecture exist throughout the town. In 2010, Forbes Magazine identified Spring City as one of the prettiest towns in America.

One notable historical point, Orson Hyde, an apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is buried in the Spring City Cemetery.

Geography[edit]

Spring City is the geographical center of Utah.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.5 km²), all of it land.

History[edit]

Spring City was first known as "Allred Settlement".[4] The original settlers in 1852 were under the leadership of James Allred and most of them were his family members. When an LDS ward was organized there in 1853, Ruben W. Allred was appointed the first bishop. The settlement was abandoned in the summer of 1853 because of ongoing conflict with the indigenous people of the area,[5] the Ute people, including San Pitch Utes (Sanpete county derives its name from the San Pitch Utes).[6][7] The village was reestablished as "Springtown" in 1859 by William Black, George Black and Joseph S. Black. Christen G. Larsen was made bishop of a new LDS ward in 1860. Beginning in 1853, the Allred family and other church leaders had begun to encourage Danish immigrants to settle in Sanpete County, and, particularly after the community was reestablished in 1859, to join the Allred Settlement. By the mid-1860s locals referred to the north side of town as "Little Copenhagen" or "Little Denmark".[5] Spring City was also a site of fighting during the Black Hawk War.[8]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 243
1870 623 156.4%
1880 989 58.7%
1890 1,044 5.6%
1900 1,135 8.7%
1910 1,100 −3.1%
1920 1,106 0.5%
1930 902 −18.4%
1940 839 −7.0%
1950 703 −16.2%
1960 463 −34.1%
1970 456 −1.5%
1980 671 47.1%
1990 715 6.6%
2000 956 33.7%
2010 988 3.3%
Est. 2012 994 0.6%

The 2000 census[1] recorded 956 people, 312 households, and 243 families residing in the city. The population density was 720.5 people per square mile (277.5/km²). There were 370 housing units at an average density of 278.8 per square mile (107.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.98% White, 0.10% African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.42% Pacific Islander, 1.88% from other races, and 2.09% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.56% of the population.

There were 312 households out of which 41.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.2% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.1% were non-families. 17.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.06 and the average family size was 3.53.

In the city the population was spread out with 33.6% under the age of 18, 11.1% from 18 to 24, 23.8% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, and 9.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 96.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $34,609, and the median income for a family was $37,813. Males had a median income of $36,500 versus $20,417 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,310. About 15.6% of families and 20.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.3% of those under age 18 and 17.7% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Spring City is located in the North Sanpete School District and contains an elementary school. Students attend middle school at North Sanpete Middle School in Moroni and high school at North Sanpete High School in Mount Pleasant.

Spring City Historic District[edit]

Spring City Historic District
Location UT 17, Spring City, Utah
Area 37 acres (15 ha)
Built 1851 (1851)
Architectural style Mormon vernacular
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 80003957[9]
Added to NRHP October 22, 1980

The Spring City Historic District boundaries coincide with the city limits. This historical designation recognizes Spring City's status as a well-preserved example of a Mormon settlement. The district is primarily residential in character, but includes the town's commercial core.[10]

Spring City was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 22, 1980.[9]

Notable residents[edit]

Places to Stay[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Welcome to Spring City Arts". Spring City Arts, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting art, artists, art awareness and art education in Spring City, Sanpete County and Utah. Spring City Arts. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Spring City web page
  5. ^ a b "HISTORY". The Founding of Spring City. Friends of Historic Spring City. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Sanpete County". I Love History. Utah Division of State History (Utah state government agency). Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  7. ^ Fletcher, Lyle. "Where did Sanpete Get It's Name?". The Black Hawk War: Utah's Forgotten Tragedy (website) and the San Pete Messenger (newspaper). San Pete Messenger. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  8. ^ Andrew Jenson, Encyclopedic History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, p. 827
  9. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  10. ^ Carter, Tom (January 1979). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form: Spring City Historic District". National Park Service. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 

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