Park City History Bits

KPCW and the Park City Museum present Park City History Bits

Get a taste of Park City history every week this summer with a new bit provided by the historians of the Park City Museum. A new nugget of history silver debuts every Thursday and replays throughout the week.

  

This series of Park City History Bits is brought to you by the Park City Museum, where you can explore Park City history every day on Main Street, and sponsored by Julie Hopkins of Keller Williams Real Estate.

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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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Park City History Bits
6:20 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Park City History Bits - August 1, 2013

Besides bars and bordellos, what did local residents do for entertainment when Park City was just starting out?

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Park City History Bits
2:22 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Park City History Bits - July 25, 2013

Premiered July 25, 2013 

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.

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Park City History Bits
12:50 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Park City History Bits - July 18, 2013

Did you know Park City’s rich and famous have been making tabloid fodder for more than 100 years?

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

If People magazine had existed a century ago, Utah’s Silver Queen, Susanna Bransford, would have dominated the cover. Her Park City mining fortune and flamboyant lifestyle made her a darling of national magazines and newspapers. After all, she married and outlived four husbands, including a Russian prince.

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Park City History Bits
12:36 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Park City History Bits - July 11, 2013

Premiered July 11, 2013

Who is CB’s ski run named after?

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Park City History Bits
12:08 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Park City History Bits - July 4, 2013

Premiered July 4, 2013

You just won gold in the Winter Olympics! What do you do now?

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

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Park City History Bits
11:54 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Park City History Bit - June 27, 2013

Premiered June 27, 2013

Why does Park City have a parking garage called “China Bridge”?

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

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Park City History Bits
11:40 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Park City History Bit - June 20, 2013

Premiered June 20, 2013

Ever walk along the trails of Poison Creek as you’re heading up to Main Street and wonder where the name came from?

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

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Park City History Bits
11:26 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Park City History Bits - June 13, 2013

Premiered June 13, 2013

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.

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