Hyrum Straw Block The two-story, brick, Victorian Eclectic style Hyrum Straw Block was Built in 1900, shortly after Straw had purchased the property. Straw had acquired this lot and the Moroni Miner Block, which was located next door at 260 South Main Street. The construction of the Straw Block was financed by a $1,000 mortgage obtained by Straw in December of 1899. When originally built, the building was a small one-part, one-story block. In 1903, the property was sold to Thomas E. Child. Mr. Child, a brick mason by trade, owned the building for 20 years, during which he added a second story to the building for use as apartments. Serving many commercial enterprises for 80 years, the property was sold in 2001 to W. William Brown, Jr., and Marilyn Brown, who established the Brown Art Gallery.
Moroni Miner Block Constructed in 1892, the two-story, two-part commercial block building was built by Moroni Miner following a mortgage of $800 he had taken out in May of that year. Miner was an early prominent citizen of Springville, who engaged in several businesses over the years, including a grocery and meat market, and worked as a farmer and stockman. In 1897 Miner sold the building to William Endar, who in turn sold it to Hyrum Straw in 1899. In 1903 Straw sold the building to Thomas E. Child, along with the building next door at 274 South Main Street. In 1923 the building was acquired by Ellen R. and Maud Peterson and owned by members of the Peterson family until 1977. A variety of businesses occupied the building until it was purchased in 2001 by W. William Brown, Jr., and Marilyn Brown to house Bill Brown Realty.
These are two of the many historic buildings located on Main Street in historic downtown Springville, Utah.
The Rivoli Theater under the ownership of Emil Ostlund first opened its doors to the public on December 22, 1927 with its first movie presentation, a silent picture titled “Loves of Carmen.”
The Rivoli was note the first movie house to open in Springville. The Star Theater in the block north of the Rivoli had been in operation for several years, but would soon give way tothe more progressive Rivoli which added a sound system for the “talkies” in 1929.
The movies, along with radio programs, became the most popular forms of public entertainment and movie going by the late 1920s was a regular habit for many Springville adults and younger people alike. New films were released in great quantity as Hollywood capitalized on the vast appetites of the film loving public. New films opened two or three times a week and the Rivoli audiences responded enthusiastically when the big stars of the day like Clara Bow, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford graced the silver screen.
Through the depression years of the 1930s and the war years of the 1940s patrons flocked to the movies for a brief respite from tough economic times and wartime worries. There were also newsreels for keeping up with current events.
Adding to the fun were live performances of trained chimpanzees and mesmerizing magicians. This mix of filmed and live entertainment continued until 1967 when Carl Lind, a new owner, remodeled the theater and renamed it the Villa. A few years later another group acquired the theater and it became the Villa Playhouse.
Late in the Autumn of 1897, a lone seagull flew south from the shores of Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake. It landed on this shoreline. The majestic white feathered bird carried in it’s mouth a large cricket. A wondering fisherman by the name of William James Camp spotted the lonely fowl and named his favorite fishing hole Lake Cricket. Although not identified on any known map, this secret fishery remained a pioneer favorite for many years.
This beautiful lake was nearly wiped out during the industrial revolution. Richard Jay Bona, a committed conservationist, discovered the forgotten lake and dedicated his life to it’s preservation. Saved and restored nearly 100 years ago to the day when a lonely seagull was seen regurgitating the last known cricket to die from the now famous Mormon cricket infestation.
There is a school and an old house here but they are about to knock it all down and I heard put a Walmart here so I wanted to grab some photos while it is still possible. I don’t know the history of the home yet but I’ll add that here when I find it.
I’ve heard a few rumors about the house now.
01. It was once a hotel/ brothel on the railroad line that ran down main street.
02. A lady named Tamma Durfee Miner Curtis lived there in the early years of Springville. She is the Grandmother of …literally thousands.