Park City Councilors Cindy Matsumoto, left, and Liza Simpson study a historic wall on Swede Alley Thursday afternoon during a brief visit to the site with
Park City Councilors Cindy Matsumoto, left, and Liza Simpson study a historic wall on Swede Alley Thursday afternoon during a brief visit to the site with the other elected officials and City Hall staffers. Jay Hamburger/Park Record

Park City officials studied a historic wall on Swede Alley Thursday afternoon during a brief visit to the site.

The wall, dating to the 19th century, was discovered five or six years ago as crews were excavating the site in anticipation of putting up a building that now houses a state liquor store and the KPCW radio station.

Dave Gustafson, a project manager for City Hall, says officials at that time decided to bury the wall in dirt as a method of protection until a decision could be made about its future. The officials were unsure how stable the wall was when it was found, he says.

The wall was uncovered again as part of the work this year to build a small park. The wall will be a prominent feature in the park. Gustafson says a retaining wall was built behind the historic one for protection.

Gustafson says it is believed the wall was originally part of a machine shop or blacksmith shop that had a support role for the silver mining-era Marsac Mill, which stood just north of the site where the wall was discovered.