History

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
5:23 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Park City History Bits - February 13, 2014

Did you know at one time, Park City’s most distinguished landmark was a building, and not the mountains?

This is Hope Woodside with your weekly Park City History Bit.

The local landmark known as the Coalition Building was the lower terminal of the Silver King Mining Company’s aerial tramway. It was located on Park Avenue, north, or downhill, of the Kimball Art Center. 

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Park City History
4:06 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Park City History Bits - December 12, 2013

This is Hope Woodside with your weekly Park City History Bit.

On July 5, 1905, spectators watching the Rio Grande Western train depart were horrified to see the engine suddenly rear up, topple down the embankment and settle on its side - just a thousand feet from the depot. 

News of the wreck spread quickly around Park City. 

Steam spewed from the broken engine and famous local ball player George Spillman made the courageous and risky move to jump inside the train’s cab to close the air valve.

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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
3:14 pm
Thu November 28, 2013

Park City History Bits - November 28, 2013

Did you remember how you used to get up the ski hill?

This is Chris Waddell with your weekly Park City History Bit.

When Treasure Mountains Resort (now Park City Mountain Resort) opened in 1963, it featured the Prospector double chairlift, two J-bars and a two-and-a-half-mile aerial tramway, said to be the longest in North America. A four-passenger gondola from the resort base to the top of Pinion Ridge quickly became a popular attraction.

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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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Park City History Bits
12:33 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Park City History Bits - August 22, 2013

Whose life was more valuable in 1899 – a horse’s or a miner’s?

This is Diane Foster, with your weekly Park City History Bit.

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Park City History Bits
12:33 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Park City History Bits - August 15, 2013

Did you know that it was considered bad luck for a woman to work underground in the mines? This is Hope Woodside with your weekly Park City History Bit. It wasn’t until 1974 that the first woman worked in a Park City mine, and the one who led the way was Shelley Christiansen, hired to operate a hoist 1,500 feet below the surface.

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Park City History Bits
5:59 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Park City History Bits - August 8, 2013

Do you think Park City would be as popular as it is today if it still took four hours to get here?

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

In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, horse-drawn stagecoaches were frequently running up and down the canyon between Salt Lake City and Park City. “Stagecoaches” got their name from the different stages the drivers stopped at to change out tired horses. The four-hour trip through the canyon required four stops. 

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9/11 Memory
6:34 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

9/11 Artifact May Come To Utah

A piece of U.S. history, from the cataclysm of 9-11, could be coming to Utah. Organizers are asking for financial help with the effort. Rick Brough has more.

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