Friends of Ski Mountain Mining History
Saving Park City's unique mountain mining heritage
We are local Park City residents, visitors, and friends who cherish our historic mine sites.
More than 300 mines once operated in Park City, with the last silver mine closing in 1982. Twenty historic mine structures still exist today, many can been seen while skiing, hiking or mountain biking on our mountain trails. Due to the ravages of time and our harsh winters, many of the mine structures are dilapidated and in critical need of repair. We are committed to preserving our rich mining legacy for future residents and visitors before we lose these historic structures forever.
Over the past seven years, our dedicated volunteers have completed stabilization of the King Con Counterweight, California Comstock Mill, Jupiter Ore Bin, Little Bell Ore Bin, two Silver King Water Tanks, the Silver Star Boiler Room and Coal Hopper, the Thaynes Conveyor and the King Con Ore Bin. Previous projects undertaken by our members include the Silver King Aerial Tramway Towers and two Silver King Water Tanks adjacent to the Silver Queen ski run. Our lecture with Clark Martinez, principal contractor on our projects and Jonathan Richards who is our structural engineer, will provide you insight as to how we saved these monuments to our mining era.
Preserving our mining heritage is expensive. Our next challenge is to save the Silver King Headframe located at the base of the Bonanza lift and Thaynes Headframe near the Thaynes lift at Park City Mountain Resort. These massive buildings and adjacent structures will take 6 years to stabilize with an expected cost of $3 million. We are embarking on a capital campaign to raise the funds required to save these iconic structures. You can learn more about our campaign here.
In addition to our historic conservation work, we host free lectures about our rich mining history that are available via the Park City Museum’s YouTube page. We also participate in many local events that celebrate our mining history including Miners’ Day, our favorite Park City holiday!
Our members contribute to the Museum's Way We Were article series. Here are a few related to preservation efforts:
The Mines Still Among Us by Brian Buck
Park City's Fragile Mining History by Brian Buck
Read other articles about specific mine sites on the pages for those mines (linked below).
Get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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