You’ve come to know Park City as a beautiful, world-class vacation destination, known for it’s unique Utah powder and endless summer activities, however, it also is rich with history of a time gone by. Picture beautiful Main Street, now flush with amazing shopping and dining, as an “Old West” town, busting with cowboys, miners, and the uber-wealthy mine owners. When planning your summer vacation to Park City, be sure to visit our rentals pages to locate the perfect accommodations for your get-away!
Grab your walking shoes and get ready to explore Park City in a way you never imagined! The Park City Museum presents their seasonal Historic Main Street Walking Tours, and they begin June 4th running through August 31st. Weather permitting, your tour will leave the Park City Museum, located at 528 Main Street. Tours run Monday through Friday, and leave the museum at 2PM. There is a nominal fee of $5 per person that helps to support the fantastic work the Museum does in the community. If you have a large group, make sure to call in advance so they can be sure to accommodate you. The tours last about an hour, and take you up and down Main Street, stopping at historically important spots. The tour guides will share some great stories of what occurred in the buildings that are still standing from Park City’s past. Perhaps you’ll learn about the Egyptian Theater that was destroyed by a fire in 1898, and was brought back to life again to offer entertainment to the community. You may even learn about the ghost that supposedly haunts the theater! For more information, visit http://www.parkcityhistory.org/ .
Historic mining towns always have a story to tell, and many of those stories include residents who don’t feel inclined to leave! Check out one of my favorite tours in Park City – the Park City Ghost Tour! If you’re looking for a unique way to learn about Park City’s history, this is the tour for you. Park City has all of the elements that make for a great ghost tour experience – a history of gambling, gun fights, mine tunnels and murders! The tour guides are fantastic, and weave in humor along with tangible historic details in to their bone chilling tales. Tours leave each night at 8PM, and the meeting place is Miner’s Park, located at 415 Main Street. When you’re done with the tour, be sure to stop in to the No Name Saloon for a drink and a burger. Maybe you’ll run in to Lizzy, one of Park City’s most famous ghosts who is said to still be seen drinking there today! Boo! Visit http://parkcityghosttours.com/ for more information.
Have you ever wondered about those charming historic cottages lining the streets in Park City? Each June the Park City Museum celebrates our communities history with the Historic Home Tour Weekend. The event takes place on Saturday, June 16th from 10AM-3PM and showcases some of Park City’s most beautiful and interesting historic area homes. Each year the tour includes different homes in a different section of Old Town, and the gracious residents of these historic homes open their doors so you can discover how these residents have designed these small miners’ cottages. The tour is self-guided and is followed up by a reception and awards ceremony at Zoom Restaurant from 3PM-5PM. Drop in to the Park City Museum for more information, or visit http://www.parkcityhistory.org/events/ .
About Jim Bizily
I am an outdoor enthusiast, parent of two awesome boys, and Property Manager in beautiful Park City, Utah. After years in engineering and entrepreneurial projects, I decided to move to Park City Utah to start a business managing lodging and vacation rentals.