Rushes & Booms
In 1869, Park City's rush was on when rich ore was discovered by 3 soldiers, assaying at 96 oz. of silver, 54% lead, and 1/10 oz of gold per ton. The boom town quickly swelled with miners, saloons, brothels, and cemeteries. In 1898, fire destroyed most of Main Street, and it was rebuilt within 90 days.
By 1960, decimated by low silver prices, Park City was a ghost of its former self. But 3 years later the United Park City Mines Company built the 1st ski trails on its land, followed by a gondola and golf course.
Three decades later, Park City is a boom town once again, with 3 ski areas, shops, 100 restaurants, luxury homes, and a name known around the world. Yearly events include the Sundance Film Festival and Park City Arts Festival.
There are over 100 historic sites in Park City that are listed on the National Register. Many of these are on historic Main Street. The Park City Museum (528 Main Street) offers a walking guide as well as exhibits and information.