Winter Family Fun in Park City
|Hitch a Ride: The Town Lift sifts skiers from Main Street to the slopes at Park City Mountain Resort. (Dan Campbell/courtesy, Park City Chamber & Visitors Bureau)|
Park City might have scored Olympic gold, but it was silver that built this city. The mineral was discovered in the surrounding hills in 1868, and soon thousands of miners arrived seeking their fortunes. Four years later, George Hearst, father of newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst, paid $27,000 for the Ontario Mine. He would earn more than $50 million from that sole investment.
To experience a little of Park City as it was 150 years ago (minus the furs and SUVs), hop the Town Lift, which escorts skiers from the slopes of Park City Mountain Resort straight down to Main Street in the heart of the historic Old Town district. Two- and four-story buildings line the street, some made of brick, others created from wood with second-floor verandahs that evoke the era of those bygone days. It's easy to imagine a rowdy miner swinging out the doors of the No Name Saloon and Grill (447 Main Street, 435.649.6667) drunk and shooting his guns in the air like Yosemite Sam, only to be arrested by the local sheriff and thrown into the Territorial Jail, downstairs in the Park City Museum (528 Main Street, 435.649.7457; www.parkcityhistory.org). Both sites still exist, along with 62 additional buildings that fill the National Register of Historic Places. With a hard day's skiing or exploring under your belts, Main Street is a great place for a stroll, eats, and stocking up on souvenirs for the family and friends back home.
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