Springville is nestled in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, two miles east of Utah Lake and just five miles south of Provo. The city is ideally positioned with easy access to both Interstate 15 and Interstate 80.
The city was First explored in 1776 by Father Escalante, a Jesuit Priest. Springville was originally settled by eight pioneer families in 1850. Incorporated in February 1853, the city was first called Hobble Creek by the early pioneers because their horses were often hobbled (by loosely tying their front feet together) and left along the stream to graze. If the horses wandered into the creek, the hobbles came off in the water. Thus, the settlement earned its original name. Later, as the town grew, the name was changed to Springville because of the many freshwater springs in the area. The original name is still in use, however; the canyon stream and golf course are still called "Hobble Creek".
Springville is known as "Art City" because of its commitment to the Arts. Its respected Springville Museum of Art, a historic Spanish -style building, showcases both local and national collections of well-known artists. The collections include Utah Art, Soviet pieces, early Americana, and the European Steed collection, among others.
Springville is a thriving community which has experienced steady growth over the past ten years. The current 26,000 population is projected to more than double over the next sixteen years along with the dynamic expansion of its commercial, office, retail, and industrial sectors on the city's I-15 corridor.
Art City Days is one of the first city celebrations of the summer season in Utah Valley. The citizens of this city join in a variety of activities to celebrate their community. Activities include a parade, hot air balloons, contests, and sporting events.
(Information courtesy Springville City, UVEDA)