History of Summit County, Utah
Taken from the Utah History Encyclopedia (Links Added)
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Area: 1,849 square miles; population: 15,518 (in 1990); county seat: Coalville; origin of county name: the county includes high mountain summits that form the divides of the Weber, Bear, and Green River drainage areas; principal cities/towns: Park City (4,468), Coalville (1,065), Kamas (1,061); points of interest: Park City area ski resorts, Park City Historic District, Rockport State Park, Echo Reservoir, High Uinta Wilderness Area; economy: skiing, tourism, lumbering, livestock.

Summit County was created in 1854 from Green River and Great Salt Lake counties, and Coalville was chosen as the county seat. The Uinta Mountains dominate the eastern portion of the county, and the western section is a high back valley of the Wasatch Mountains.

The first white men to visit the area were fur trappers and traders in the 1820s and 1830s. Until the arrival of the Mormons in 1847, Summit County was hunting grounds for Northern Shoshone Indians. The Weber and Provo rivers, draining the western slope of the Uintas, provided the Indians with fish, among other benefits.


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