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
Uinta Wilderness Area; economy: skiing,
tourism, lumbering, livestock.
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
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.