In the beginning, the area soon to become known as Park City was a silver mining town complete with a lively and colorful atmosphere. Founded in the 1860s, the silver mining around the area continued until the early 1970's. The first ski lifts were built in 1963 and these have now evolved to three world class resorts: Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley Resort, and the Canyons Resort.
Park City Museums and Historic Sites
- Alf Engen Ski Museum
- Heber Valley Railroad
- Historic Downtown District
- Midway Shortline Railroad
- Park City Museum
- Courthouse Museum
- 2002 Winter Olympics
Park City History
When the silver mining declined in the Park City area of Utah, it seemed that Park City was going to become a ghost town. Nevertheless, the mountains came alive once more, not this time due to silver in the mountains, but for the snow that covered the area each winter. As the silver depleted, the ski industry started and by the 1980s, Park City had become one of the world class ski resorts.
When Salt Lake City won the bid to host the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, Park City was the place "wearing the gold medal". Most of the alpine events staged for the Games took place on Park City's slopes. Park City's three venues hosted twenty-six Olympic events.
The three ski resorts of Park City - Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley Resort, and the Canyons Resort – continue to thrive and grow as they continue to cater to visitors from the world over during all seasons of the year.