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The History of Park City

Park City, Utah is a place where travelers often set their sights in the name of modern vacation fun. From skiing and snowboarding in the winter to fantastic film festivals, dining, shopping, and hiking in the warmer weather months, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Beyond the attractions, the history of Park City is rich with a story to tell for those who are excited to look more into the area’s past!

A Mid-19th Century Mining Town

Before Park City was to become the exciting and beautiful resort town it is today, it was a bustling mining town in the mid-19th century. Soldiers who were brought into the area in 1862 to protect the federal mail route soon found that they could cash in on their experience as previous Nevada and California golf field miners. They took their expertise to the Wasatch and Oquirrh Mountains in pursuit of precious metals in the soil and were very successful along the way. Mining continued in the area through 1868 when many prospectors located silver and lead in the area that makes up modern Park City. This was the same year the first mining claim was filed in the area. Over time, more people headed this way to work the mines and establish wealth in the process. While mining was booming, there was the constant threat of fire in the area. The great fire of 1898 was particularly horrendous as it swept through the area’s commercial district taking Main Street, businesses, and residences with it. The people of Park City would rebuild after the fire, but it would take until 1920 for residents to realize a fully restored town.

A Changing Park City Scene

The silver rush that made Park City so wealthy eventually began to wind down and as it did, residents began to look to their natural resources as a new avenue for bringing in visitors. Outdoor recreation opportunities abounded in the area, and it was clear that Park City had the potential to be rebranded as an oasis of outdoor thrills! By 1963 a ski resort called Treasure Mountain was realized in the area and was instantly a great success. Eventually, the resort would go on to be named Park City Mountain Resort. Deer Valley Resort and Canyons Resort followed in its wake bringing in even more visitors and residents alike. Today, Park City is a year-round recreational haven and a place that visitors and residents love for its horseback riding, biking, hiking, rafting, and fly-fishing to name a few of many. While the history of Park City is still rich here, it’s hard to ignore the modern marvels that have evolved out of the story.

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When you’re ready to enjoy your Park City getaway in luxury and style, booking your vacation rental through Abode Park City is the place to start. Reach out today to learn more about our many exciting and inviting options!

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