- Most of the trees in historic Park City today are 2nd or 3rd generation growth, as the town was wiped of most of it’s lumber for mining in the mid 1900’s.
- The Hoist Operator was one of the highest paid positions in mining- they’d sit in a control room alone with many signs about not distracting the operator. Didn’t want anything to go wrong!
- The Ontario Mine #2 took 7 years to complete with two separate tunnels (one from Jordanelle and one from Empire) meeting in the middle. When they connected the foreman let his wife be the first to walk through.
- An air compressor was added via the mine shaft in 1920 and was brought down in two pieces and re-assembled in the mine.
After our mine tour, we toured the Keetley Water Treatment Plant and learned about the process of treating water (that comes from the mine) to be safe for household and drinking use. It’s quite a process, but very interesting to know where our water comes from!
Special thanks to the crew at Jordanelle Special Services District for the interesting tour. Tours are not open to the public, so it was a really unique opportunity for me, I wish I could bring you all next time you come visit!