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KPCW and the Park City Museum present Park City History BitsGet a taste of Park City history every week this summer with a new bit provided by the historians of the Park City Museum. A new nugget of history silver debuts every Thursday and replays throughout the week.0000017b-652b-d50a-a3ff-f7efae480000 This series of Park City History Bits is brought to you by the Park City Museum, where you can explore Park City history every day on Main Street, and sponsored by Julie Hopkins of Keller Williams Real Estate.

Park City History Bit - June 20, 2013

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Premiered June 20, 2013

Ever walk along the trails of Poison Creek as you’re heading up to Main Street and wonder where the name came from?

This is Bill Redeker with your weekly Park City History Bit.

Struck by the beauty of the mountain stream flowing from Empire Canyon, Park City’s founder Parley Pratt originally named the waterway “Silver Creek”. But within a few years of mining arriving in Park City, the pristine stream became so fouled by the discharges from the mills, garbage and human waste that locals dubbed it “Poison Creek.” By 1893, farmers in Wanship, about 15 miles away, refused to use Silver Creek water for irrigation. Even today the water is too polluted and too warm to support the trout population that once thrive in its waters. 

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  This Park City History Bit is brought to you by the Park City Museum, where you can explore Park City history every day on Main Street, and sponsored by Julie Hopkins of Keller Williams Real Estate
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Monika served as a sales associate in Underwriting and Fundraising for KPCW from 2011 - 2016, but that was after nine years as a volunteer DJ, and most of them as a co-host of the KPCW Classifieds Show. Her background includes everything from running ELIZAS in an immunology lab to waiting tables to writing for newspapers and magazines. Her real passion is creating memes.
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