Park City, Utah, has been one of the most permanent mining camps in Utah. While constituting the industrial and population center of Summit County, it has contributed over one half billions dollars to the economies of Utah and the nation. This thesis deals with the early years of Park City, 1869-1910. This period saw an influx and combination of several ethnic groups which served to enrich the cultural history of Park City. Religion and social organizations were a major part of the life of this community. The political effect of this mining camp on Summit County and the Territory of Utah are analyzed. The social organization of Park City is examined as an island of gentiles within a Mormon theocracy. The municipal development is traced with special emphasis on the problems encountered and solutions attempted as the camp's citizens expressed themselves through their representatives on the City Council. The history of the business community is also studied in relation to the total development of the city. Park City's major problem and eventual decline was due solely to the drop in the price of silver.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; History
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Jesperson, Oscar F. Jr., "An Early History of the Community of Park City, Utah" (1969). All Theses and Dissertations. 4827.
Park City, Utah, History