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Kenneth Mays
The old Bishop's Storehouse in Spring City, Utah, is now a private residence.

A unique experience for those interested in historical sites is a visit to Spring City, Utah. Located in the northern half of Sanpete County, it is one of only two sites in the United States where an entire city is a Historic District on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The other is Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. The city limits of Spring City and the boundaries of the Spring City Historic District are one and the same.

The Redick Allred House (1875) in Spring City, Utah. | Kenneth Mays

Spring City was originally settled in 1852 by James Allred along with his and about a dozen other families. The settlement was first called the “Canal” or “Allred Settlement.” Because of issues with Native Americans, the settlers abandoned the area for a few years. Some of those pioneers returned and resettled the site in 1859 and, little by little, the population grew.

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Spring City was incorporated in 1870. Kaye Watson, who was the town historian in 2016, notes that there are four extant pioneer houses that date to the 1860s, 24 from the 1870s and 20 from the 1880s. One 1905 home once served the community as a bishop’s storehouse. Other historic buildings include a rock chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, stores, an old firehouse, theater, jail and school (see "Spring City: A Guide to Architecture and History" by Peter L. Goss and Watson).

The Judge Jacob Johnson home in Spring City, Utah. | Kenneth Mays

Each year brings the Heritage Day Celebration in Spring City. Visitors are invited to come and see the historic sites, tour the homes and participate in other activities. In 2017 the celebration date is Saturday, May 27. Additional information can be found at friendsofhistoricspringcity.org.