When you think of Park City, thoughts of skiing, snowboarding, tubing, and other winter activities, but in reality, this thriving resort town offers a lot more than just skiing. Although PC has its roots in skiing since the 1930s, it also has a rich mining history.
Nestled in the Wasatch Mountains, Park City provides a unique blend of the old and new You can still visit several historical buildings along the Main Street, yet Park City or enjoy night life, clubs, world-class restaurants and hotels, luxurious vacation rentals, and everything else you’d expect from a major city.
Somewhere around the 1880’s Park City began its roots in silver mining, and people traveled from all over the country to make their fortune, and as a result, you can still experience PC’s rich mining history simply by taking a stroll up and down Main Street. Park City still has the uniqueness and ambience of a small mining town, and its fun to visit some the old buildings in order to take a step back in time. It’s a lot more interesting than reading about it in a history book.
A total sixty-four of Park City’s buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, many of which are located along the town’s Main Street. Over 1,200 miles of mine tunnels wind through the surrounding Wasatch Mountains, serving as remnants of the silver mining era, and you can take a complimentary guided tour that leads you through the mountains to learn more about Park City’s mining history.
These tours depart daily at 10:00 a.m. from the Resort Base area by the Eagle Statue, and from the Summit Demo Center, near the top of Bonanza lift, at 1:00 p.m.
To help celebrate the history of the resort’s 50th Anniversary as a world-renown ski resort, the Park City Museum plans showcase its newest exhibit, “Mines to Moguls: 50 Years of Park City Skiing.” And you will witness how Park City transformed a dying mining industry to a thriving ski resort. You’ll never run out of fun things to do in Park City, and you can always witness some of it’s rich history any time you want.