Newly-formed coalition aims to preserve mining sites in Park City

Posted at 6:18 PM, Apr 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-08 20:18:08-04

PARK CITY, Utah – Seven historic Park City mining site are slated for preservation.

It’s the goal of the newly formed Ski Mountain Mining History Coalition, which is a partnership Park City Mountain Resort announced Friday.

The group brings together Park City officials, the resort, and business leaders to help keep Summit County’s mining history alive.

“They’re just these immense structures that represent our past,” said Park City Historical Society executive director Sandra Morrison. “And it’s what makes skiing at Park City so unique.”

Many of the sites are located in bounds at Park City Mountain Resort. Resort managers said they recognized the great significance of the sites. They’ve already pledged $50,000 to the preservation of the California Comstock mine, an operation that in the late 1800's processed 150 tons of ore a day.

“It’s an amazing story,” said Park City historian Sally Elliot. “You can actually see a chronological progression of the sophistication of the industrialization of mining in our country.”

The main objective of the group is to raise funds. Park City Mountain Resort COO Bill Rock said they’re going to start a five-year fundraising campaign. The hope is other businesses and residents will join the effort.

More information on the Ski Mountain Mining History Coalition, including how to donate, can be found here.