r By Judy Elsner
One of the objectives of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers is to remember forever the names and achievements of the men and women and children who founded this nation. We do this by preserving and marking old landmarks and historical places significant to the pioneer’s accomplishments. In this way, we are teaching their descendants and the citizens of our country lessons of faith, courage, fortitude and patriotism.
The Springville Daughters of the Utah Pioneers on September 18th, 1940, erected a historical marker at the Heritage Park commemorating the first mills in Springville. In 1851, Jacob Houtz, James Porter and Edward Hall built and operated a flour mill near where the Park and marker are located. Norton Jacobs, the first miller made and installed the machinery. In 1860, Jacob Houtz and William Bringhurst built a woolen mill. In 1863, with the aid of William Jackson Stewart, cotton looms were installed and cotton from Dixie was used. The mill was sold to James Whitehead in 1880 who changed it to a woolen mill. The mill operated until destroyed by fire in 1914. This was the first significant industrial facility in Springville.
The Heritage Park is located at 1100 North Main Street in Springville. There are barbecue braziers, a playground, benches, restrooms, a drinking fountain and a pavilion. If you have questions about the park you may call 801-489-2770. You are invited to visit the monument while you are there. Spring is a great time to visit the park and remember the pioneers, “that our children may know”.
The Pioneer Museum sponsored by the Springville/Mapleton DUP located at 175 South Main is also open from 1:00 to 4:00 PM on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and is free. It is spring in Springville. Come visit.