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.
Did you ever wonder why a siren goes off in Old Town every night?
This is Diane Foster, with your weekly Park City History Bit.
Lots of locals have their own theories why the siren goes off every night – from calling home miners from the bordellos and bars to checking that everyone made it out of the mines alive. The truth, however, is more practical and nostalgic.
Do you know who brought celebrities and literati to Park City decades before Robert Redford did?
This is Hope Woodside with your weekly Park City History Bit.
Exotic dancer Shirley Price, known as “The Duchess”, arrived in Park City in the 1960s after leaving Hawaii and Las Vegas, and made the town her home and stage. She performed her illustrious act at the C’est Bon, located where the Sweetwater Lift Lodge now stands, and the Ore Haus, which stood at 1410 Empire Avenue.