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Spring City’s restored spring monument rededicated last week

Spring City Mayor Jack Monnett (left) and Spring City DUP members Carla Nelson (center) and Cherrie Barrow participate in the ribbon cutting at the rededication ceremony for the newly restored historic DUP monument on Main Street in Spring City.
Spring City Mayor Jack Monnett (left) and Spring City DUP members Carla Nelson (center) and Cherrie Barrow participate in the ribbon cutting at the rededication ceremony for the newly restored historic DUP monument on Main Street in Spring City.
Spring City’s restored spring
monument rededicated last week

 

Robert Stevens

Managing editor

11-24-2016

 

SPRING CITY — Residents of Spring City braved the cold weather on Friday, Nov. 11 to see Mayor Jack Monnett and members of the local Daughters of Utah Pioneers (DUP) rededicate the town’s newly restored historic spring monument during a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“We are meeting here today to commemorate, remember and rededicate this spring and monument for those pioneers of this sacred valley who have gone before us,” Monnett said.

The Spring City DUP spearheaded the monument’s restoration. It was funded in part with a grant from the Mormon Pioneer Heritage Highway Area, along with matching funds from their organization and the city itself.

International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers representative Kathy Brimhall visited to speak to the local DUP members at the ceremony.

“Thank you, daughters, for honoring your heritage and preserving your past,” Brimhall said. “Your efforts write a significant chapter in the history of Spring City.”

Although some might consider the monument modest in appearance, the amount of work that went into its restoration was substantial.

“The city put endless hours into this,” Spring City DUP captain Carla Nelson said. “So many things were repaired and put right. We are so grateful for all the support we have received.”

The restoration process included refurbishing the original bronze plaque, constructing new sidewalk, adding curbing, dealing with underground gasoline lines, updating the plumbing, adding a railing and lamp, topping the monument off with a new capstone, sealing the cement and stone and attaching two new plaques.

“This day you’ve further documented the history of this life-giving spring with the addition of two new plaques,” Brimhall said. “I commend those involved with the restoration.”

The spring, sometimes referred to as the Old Spring, was originally proposed in 1949 by President Oscar A. Kirkham of the First Quorum of the Seventy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“From that time forward,” Monnett said, “the Canal Creek Company and the North Sanpete District of the DUP have donated their time, labor and funds to erect and maintain this monument for posterity to embrace our local pioneer heritage.”

Monnett closed his dedication by saying, “We dedicate this spring and monument as tokens of our love to those who come to read the attached plaques, admire the crafted oolite stone and sip the crystal water.”