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 Springtown
The Springtown Veteran’s Memorial sits in a quiet park close to the city center.
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citizens are excited to vote for people who want to look into the future, but leave room for our heritage.”
Miller said the city has been attending various trade shows to attract new commer- cial development, but will also put a focus on protecting the existing downtown businesses during the road project.
“I’d invite anyone who
has not been to Springtown
to come check us out,” Miller said. “Visit the square, do a lit- tle shopping, and get a real feel for the richness and the history here.”
- Rosealee Hoffman
The city of Springtown sits at the intersection of Hwy. 199 and Hwy. 51, making it one of the busier parts of the county as far as traffic is con- cerned. Springtown city man- ager David Miller thinks the city’s location can be a driver for huge growth in the future.
“Our area is on the cusp for rapid growth, similar to what we are seeing in the rest of the county,” Miller said. “There are a lot of attractive things about our area that can spur business and residential growth.”
With that in mind, Miller is focusing on infrastructure preparation: projects like roads, water, and utilities have
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become priorities. Work is expected to begin in 2019 on an expansion of Hwy. 51, mak- ing the city’s historic down- town square more accessible. The square also features The Tabernacle, a pavilion used
for gatherings that officially became a historical monument in 2018.
“This has been a long
time coming and we are very excited,” Miller said. “We are going to relocate some utilities from above to below ground, and we have some other street improvements planned.”
Springtown was first settled in the mid-1800s as Littleton Springs, and resi- dents petitioned to change the
name to Springtown in the 1870s. It was officially incor- porated in 1884. Businesses such as a hotel, general stores, blacksmith shops, and cotton gins soon followed, including one of the oldest continually operated post offices in Texas.
It is the rich history, com- bined with future opportuni- ties, that makes Springtown a strong community, according to Mayor Pro Tem Michele Kelley.
“I love the people here,” Kelley said. “I’ve made friends that feel like family and I think the city council is going in a great direction right now. I visited with a lot of people while I campaigned, and our
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