Park City History Bits - July 18, 2013

Jul 30, 2013

Did you know Park City’s rich and famous have been making tabloid fodder for more than 100 years?

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

If People magazine had existed a century ago, Utah’s Silver Queen, Susanna Bransford, would have dominated the cover. Her Park City mining fortune and flamboyant lifestyle made her a darling of national magazines and newspapers. After all, she married and outlived four husbands, including a Russian prince.

When Susie’s first husband died, he left her a fortune of about $13 million. Five years later, Susie married Colonel Edwin Holmes, a Chicago lumber millionaire, which made her even richer. The Great Depression, however, decimated her assets, and her lavish spending finally caught up with her. She died, financially stressed, in 1942 at the age of 83.

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.