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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 Bits - February 13, 2014

Did you know at one time, Park City’s most distinguished landmark was a building, and not the mountains?

This is Hope Woodside with your weekly Park City History Bit.

The local landmark known as the Coalition Building was the lower terminal of the Silver King Mining Company’s aerial tramway. It was located on Park Avenue, north, or downhill, of the Kimball Art Center. 

Built in 1901, the tramway carried concentrated lead, zinc and silver from the Silver King Mill to the Coalition Building to be transported by the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad to the smelters in the Salt Lake Valley. The imposing building soon became an important landmark and later a reminder of Park City’s mining history. 

The building ceased operations in 1952, and the tramway buckets overhead were later removed by United Park City Mines Company. In 1978, the historic building received recognition on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Sadly, the Coalition Building was destroyed in July 1981 by an arson fire after a concert. Though the building is gone, most of the tramway towers are still standing and visible from the Town Ski Lift and various hiking trails.

This Park City History Bit is brought to you by the Park City Museum, and their newest exhibit, “Miners to Moguls: 50 Years of Park City Skiing”, and is sponsored by JulieHopkins of Keller Williams Real Estate.

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