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Before Park City was an internationally famous ski resort, it was known as a mining town. When silver was discovered there in 1868, the town became a mining hot spot in the period of just a few years, growing from an untamed wilderness into a bustling city of houses, hotels, saloons, schools, and businesses. The town grew to have several mining companies which in addition to silver also mined zinc and lead.
As silver prices began to slump in the early 20th Century, the mining business in Park City did as well. Luckily, by the 1930's, skiing was becoming popular in the United States, giving Park City a second chance at a bright economic future. At first skiing was mainly seen as a spectator sport, as there were few people who were willing to try it, and even fewer available to give lessons. However, by the mid 1940's Park City had installed its first ski lift and the ski business there has been booming ever since.
Today Park City sees 850,000 skier days per year and has a permanent population of 5000.