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In Park City, Utah, E.P. Ferry originally established the lodge as single miners’ lodging for men working his Woodside mine on “Treasure Mountain”. The first building, circa 1889, consisted of a two-story with dorm-style rooms, a kitchen shanty off the back, and an outhouse and blacksmith’s barn behind. In 1898, after most of Main Street burned down, a second addition was built onto the north side of the lodge.
The construction is old balloon-style wooden frame, described as “generic Victorian with western flavor.” The Lodge was actually built with used lumber salvaged from the surrounding mines. The mines themselves always got “first dibs” on the new lumber. Built with square nails and dimensional lumber, electricity was added in 1912, and indoor plumbing around 1919. In the early 1920’s the Lodge was changed to married miners’ housing and converted into a number of tiny apartments.
RESTORATION & RETIREMENT
In 1983, Hugh Daniels and his partners purchased the Lodge and surrounding property, and the restoration of this wonderful place began. Named “The Old Miners’ Lodge,” the modern day bed and breakfast began as five guest rooms, then seven, and in 1988, after the final major restoration and addition of the fourth section of the building, as ten rooms.
After hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars, the Old Miners’ Lodge is was restored to its period fullness, while adding these comforts: private baths, individual heating, a hot tub, etc. The guest rooms, which eventually numbered 12, were all named after Park City mining era personalities, with pictures (when obtainable) and a written history of the individual in the room.
Filled with country pieces and antiques, the Lodge was the first year-round bed and breakfast inn in Park City, and one of the first ten in Utah. Among numerous other accolades, it was named by Ski Magazine as one of “The 10 Best Value Inns”. Old Miner’s Lodge closed in 2004, 115 years after it was first built.
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