I wrote this article for the museum currently employing me. It’s about the groups of people moving through and living for part of the year in Park City area before white settlement. It has been published in the Park Record:
Before Park City was mining country, the area attracted humans to hunt wild game and fish. While we have yet to find evidence of permanent settlement in Summit County until after the mining boom, both European fur traders and American Indian groups traveled through the area before Parley’s Park or Park City were established. Unlike the fur traders, who may have been coming to the area as early as the 1700s and passed through relatively quickly, the Ute and Northwestern Shoshone had been hunting the valley annually for centuries.