PCMRBenefit Day offers discount to help preserve Park City’s heritage
Park City has an attraction that other resort towns cannot build or buy — a painstakingly maintained historic district nestled at the base of two world-class ski resorts and, this week, Park City Mountain Resort is paying tribute to that priceless attraction. The resort is offering discounted lift tickets to be used on Friday and the proceeds will be donated to the Park City Historical Society and Museum.
Thanks to a dedicated bunch of preservationists in the 1970s who recognized the potential value of Old Town’s remaining historic buildings, the district earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places and, since, in the hearts of countless residents and visitors.
While cherished for its unique charm, however, the fate of Old Town’s modest miners’ shacks and Main Street’s historic buildings has never been guaranteed. Time, weather and the town’s remarkable prosperity have each presented challenges that threaten to diminish, bit by bit, the city’s essence.
But Old Town has a champion that has worked creatively and tirelessly to protect its fragile historic vestiges. Members of the Park City Historical Society continually lobby City Hall, collect money and work to raise public awareness of the intrinsic value of Park City’s historic structures.
The society has also been instrumental in establishing and staffing the Park City Museum on Main Street that has recently undertaken a major expansion and some of the funds raised through the resort’s Benefit Day ticket sales will support that project.
Though relatively small, the Park City Museum has gained a large and enthusiastic following, including a steady parade of local students. The exhibits and displays bring Park City’s adventurous past to life and help to put Old Town’s historic monuments into perspective.
The resort itself is home to an array of mining relics that the historical society has encouraged the management to preserve. The various landmarks are now signed and documented adding another dimension to many visitors’ experience in the Wild West.
The historical society and museum are indeed worthy recipients of the resort’s Benefit Day this year and we encourage residents to participate. Benefit Day is Friday; however, tickets, which are $20, must be purchased in advance. For information call the museum at 649-7457.
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“So, gone is the mountain lion, the fox, the beavers, the grouse and so many others. We have made Park City into the city left behind,” writes Ann Kruse in a letter to the editor. “No wildlife, only empty mansions.”