Bill Redeker

Park City History
9:26 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Park City History Bits - February 27, 2014

Did you know one of the largest drug busts in Park City took place in 1915?

This is Bill Redeker with your weekly Park City History Bit.

In the late 1800’s, mining wasn’t a glamorous job – it was a dirty, dangerous and almost always a fatal occupation. Miners liked to drink and carouse to escape things going on in their lives. But alcohol wasn’t the only thing used to forget their troubles – the world’s oldest natural drug, opium, was also used.  

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Park City History
9:41 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Park City History Bits - January 30, 2014

Did you know Park City has earned the nickname “Sin City” in Utah since the 1870s?

This is Bill Redeker with your weekly Park City History Bit.

Park City’s brothels catered to the young single miners working long hours and residing in crowded boarding houses. Past accounts suggest that many high-standing men also covertly visited the women.

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Park City History
4:03 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Park City History Bits - December 26, 2013

If you ever thought alcohol was hard to get in Utah, imagine being at the Gold Label Liquor Company the night before Prohibition started.

This is Bill Redeker with your weekly Park City History Bit.

The Gold Label Liquor Company held its grand opening in 1914 at 591 Main Street to great fanfare and for three years, business seemed to be going well. On August 1st, 1917, however, Utah became the 24th of 48 states to join Prohibition and outlaw alcoholic beverages.

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Park City History
5:22 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Park City History Bits - December 5, 2013

Did you know the “King of Denmark’s” saloon helped Park City recover from the Great Fire of 1898?

This is Bill Redeker with your weekly Park City History Bit.

George Wanning was born around 1859 in Denmark, arriving in Park City in the late 1870s. Wanning helped build the town, but what might have been his most significant mark on local history was his saloon.

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Park City History
6:16 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Park City History Bits - October 31, 2013

Did you know the famous Pony Express came right through Summit County?

This is Bill Redeker with your weekly Park City History Bit.

As kids we loved learning about The Pony Express, but it actually only operated for 18 months, from April 1860 to October 1861.

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Park City History
4:29 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Park City History Bits - October 10, 2013

Did you know Park City’s first ski resort was actually started by two ski buddies? 

This is Bill Redeker with your weekly Park City History Bit.

“Snow Park”, as the resort was called, was built in the summer of 1946 where lower Deer Valley Resort is today and was named after the local ski club. The founders were two friends, Otto Carpenter and Bob Burns. 

The original lift, called the Ottobahn, was a T-bar. When the T-bars were unoccupied, they would drag in the snow, get caught and start pulling down the lift. 

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