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.
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.