The community was originally settled by the Mormons in 1846 and 1847. “This little city,” Andreas wrote in 1875, “is romantically embowered in one of the finest groves in the valley of Keg Creek.” 4In 1853 the town became the seat for Mills County, and a central park was provided as a location for the projected courthouse. The siting of the town's business district is on the flatlands, with the residential district placed on the surrounding hills.
The community's most notable building is the Davis Amphitheater (1979–1980), situated in Glenwood Lake Park (across Keg Creek from the downtown on US 275 East). The architect, Dennis W. Stacy, provided a Modernist structure of exposed steel “unistrut space frames” that play off the brick walls and volumes. Though assertive, the structure has been carefully fitted into the sloping contours of the park.
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