Historic Park City building collapses under snow

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PARK CITY, Utah (ABC 4 News) – An historic building partially collapsed under heavy snow this weekend — a sight plainly visible to skiers at Park City Mountain Resort.

The building? An old warehouse for the Silver King Mine.

That’s according to Sally Elliot, with Friends of Ski Mountain Mining History.

She says the building — visible near the popular Bonanza ski lift — is more than 100 years old.

“Shocked,” she said.

“To see the heavy snow load on this building. It’s doubtful that even a new building would have held feet of snow load,” added Elliot. “The building did collapse and the snow load was very heavy.”

Elliot is part of an organization that aims to preserve historic structures — before it’s too late.

“We’re running out of time. We don’t have much time on these structures,” said Elliot.

“The severe winters that we have here are very hard on those structures. The snow loads are particularly difficult,” added Elliot.

The building is on the PCMR property. Margo Van Ness, senior manager of communications with PCMR, sent ABC4 a statement about the incident:

“The safety of our guests and employees is our top priority. Due to the structural integrity of this building, the area surrounding it has been roped off all season. Stabilization efforts of certain historical mining buildings is underway and focuses on seven structures in particular. Prioritization has been determined in partnership with Park City Municipal and this particular structure is not within the stabilization plans. As Park City Mountain is not the owner of this building, we will be working with the owner on how to proceed.”

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