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The CityThe guide was updated:Park City, Utah came under the swath of eager settlers during the Gold Rush of the 1800s. Rather than gold, however, whispers of silver in the mountains brought forth both American prospectors and international adventurers in the 1860s. This influence is still seen in the European-style resorts and architecture present in Park City. Gross economic gain from the height of mining rose upwards of $400 million in silver—and bore 23 millionaires (including the creator of newspaper, William Randolph Hearst).
Park City’s mining success fell with the Depression of the 1930s, when falling mineral prices would spell certain doom for the city’s boom years. The decline opened up an opportunity for success in Park City’s other natural resources: the snow! Quickly becoming “The Greatest Snow on Earth,” Park City now contributes a yearly average of $529,800,000 to Utah’s economy with its tourism. The Canyons Resort, Deer Valley Resort and Park City Mountain Resort ski resorts draw tangible success, reeling in excited sports enthusiasts and families year round.
Along with being an impressive ski town, Park City is the home of the Sundance Film Festival, the United States Ski Team, the training center of the Australian Freestyle Ski Team, the 2002 Olympic bobsled, skeleton and luge track at the Utah Olympic Park and an array of grand golf courses. Visitors can also expect to find northern Utah’s largest collection of factory outlet stores. Several companies make their headquarters in Park City, making it one of the wealthiest cities in the United States.
Park City’s rich past and exciting future have led to a handsome number of its buildings being listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as an adventuresome 1,200 miles of tunnels remaining in the mountains from the mining era.