1st Night in Park City...

After dropping our gear off in our very groovy Condo (photos to follow) we headed to the Historic Downtown.

The majority of our group came here for the awesome skiing but I came for the history.
The first discoveries of precious metals in the mountains around Salt Lake City appeared in the early 1860s. Colonel Patrick E. Connor of Fort Douglas instigated the search, encouraging his men to prospect with the purpose of bringing non-Mormons into the Utah Territory. The first recorded claim of the Park City Mining District was the Young American lode in December 1869. Clearly by the 1870s, production in that area had begun, perpetuated by the discovery of a large vein of silver ore in what would become the Ontario Mine. In its heyday, it was considered the greatest silver mine in the world. Oh man, do I have a lot to learn. Exciting stuff here amongst the ski lifts.
This is a skier's bridge. You can swoosh right off the mountain and into the heart of town. Wow.
Dinner was at this cool saloon full of great memorabilia. I was drawn in the by sign promoting "debauchery". 

This was just a glimpse into our five nights here. It promises to be amazing.

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