PHOTO: Forty years ago this week, on a Sunday afternoon, July 19, 1981, the Beach Boys were playing an outdoor concert at Park West, now The Canyons. After the concert, some in the crowd drifted into Park City. Among them were three men in their 20s and early 30s. They were not dressed for the cool evening temperatures.
Early the following morning the three men, looking for a place to crash, spotted the 85-foot-tall Silver King Coalition Building on Park Avenue. They climbed the chain-link fence and went inside. To stay warm, they built a fire on the building’s wooden floor. At that time, the Coalition Building was the symbol of Park City. It was built in 1901 as the lower terminal of an aerial tramway to bring ore down from the Silver King Mine.