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Alta began life as a retreat for the Mormons from the summer heat. It was there that the group learned that the US Army was marching on Utah in 1857. With the army in place, soldiers were sent out to search for minerals in the mountains surrounding the Salt Lake Valley. By 1864, ore was discovered and Alta became a wild and crazy town. This is a foto from the Columbus-Rexall mine taken by my grandfather.

Besides the threat of murderous claim jumpers, the miners other big fear was snow. Snow slides could and did destroy parts of Alta and the mines surrounding it. This lucky home was a survivor.

Today, Alta is a world renown ski resort. The town has numerous hotels and condos that one can ski to and from each day. Summer is also a busy time for Alta. Hiking as well as some camping keeps the area busy year round. 

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