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A Look Back: Photos of Park City's devastating fire of 1898

Published April 14, 2013 1:06 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Each Friday, The Salt Lake Tribune presents images from its archives and the archives of the Utah State Historical Society in a special series called A Look Back. A devastating fire of 1898 in Park City is our subject today.

Park City suffered terrible fires in 1882 and again in 1885. The worst disaster came on June 19, 1898, when fire raged through the Park City commercial district. It was the greatest fire in the history of Utah. Main Street was destroyed. Losses were estimated at more than $1 million. About 200 business houses and dwellings were destroyed. The city was left in ruins. The people of Park City, however, banded together and rebuilt their town. By the 1920s, Park City was rebuilt completely.

Every gallery of the series is available at http://www.sltrib.com/topics/lookback.

Here are some of the previous installments:

Life on the Ute Reservation in early the 1900s

Women's fashion in the 1960s

Dogs in Utah around 1900

Utah's early cultural diversity

Utah artists from the late 1800s to the early 1900s

Presidential visits to Utah from the 1860s

Hunting and fishing in the early 1900s

BYU, Utah football programs

Saloons, brewing companies in Utah around 1900

The centennial Days of '47 parade in downtown Salt Lake City from July 1947

Women's fashion from 1949-50

Construction of the Salt Lake Temple and SLC in the 1800s

Utah college life from the 1930s to 1960s

Old newspaper advertisements

People and events in Salt Lake City from the 1930s, '40s and '50s

Historical images of Sugar House

Aerial images of Salt Lake City in the 1960s

Historic photos of Temple Square

Historic scenes from Salt Lake City

Saltair

The Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks

Salt Lake City in the 1900s

Key moments in Utah Jazz history

Salt Lake City's Liberty Park from 1935 to 1951

Kennecott Utah Copper Mine in the 1930s and 1940s

Salt Lake City and other Utah cities in the 1800s

Geneva Steel

Historical buildings in Salt Lake City