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History of Park City, Utah
Taken from the Utah History Encyclopedia (Links Added)
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The Panic of 1893 slowed economic growth, but Park City's expansion was decisively halted by a devastating fire. On 19 June 1898 fire raged through the Park City commercial district. The blaze was the greatest in Utah history. Main Street lay in ruins, with only a few gaunt walls remaining. Losses were estimated at over $1,000,000, and some 200 business houses and dwellings perished. With community support, however, the town rebuilt, replacing stone and brick structures with wood buildings, which were later improved again to brick and stone.

Commercial activity flourished in Park City. Utah business directories reveal that in 1892-93, 112 businesses (including physicians and lawyers, but not mining companies) were listed; while in 1903-04 approximately 136 concerns operated in the town. By 1918-19 the number had declined to 87; and in 1920-21 only 75 such entries were listed. As elsewhere, the Great Depression of the 1930s halted development.

Political activity and public life in the city were embodied in City Hall, quickly rebuilt after the 1898 fire. During the Great Depression of the 1930s, the WPA erected the War Memorial Building that served the recreational needs of the community. Social halls, saloons, and theaters all marked life in Park City. The Odd Fellows, Elks, and Masons contributed to the town's social life.


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