in Utah Valley, Utah County, Springville is about midway between the north and south borders of the county to
the east of Utah Lake at approximately 4,500 feet in elevation, at the
foot of the Wasatch Range.
of the most important features of the Springville location is Hobble
Creek, a stream draining the modest watershed of Hobble Creek Canyon.
Springs from both forks of the canyon feed the creek above what is now
Creek Golf Course, but irrigation keeps Hobble Creek from flowing
perennially. These springs and others north of town give Springville
its name, although it was first called Hobble Creek.
Americans of the Ute tribe occupied land in the well-watered valley.
They hunted and fished, but left no written record of their lifeways.
The first such record of these people is in journal entries of the Dominguez-Escalante
expedition, which left Santa Fe for Monterey in July 1776. The Spanish
fathers leading the expedition were delighted to find many Utes living
around Lake Timpanogotsis (Utah), and felt the Indians, including those
living on Hobble Creek, might be subject to their missionary efforts.