HAUNTED DWELLING: Claim Jumper
The Park City Claim Jumper Steakhouse
building can be found on the historical Park City downtown Main Street, at home
in the building which once was The Park City Hotel, one of the few buildings
which survived the great fire of 1898!
Address: 573 Main Street, Park City,
Utah 84060 * 435-649-8051
This three story building was built
sometime after the fire of 1882, using brick and masonry sandstone, with
skilled details, which is probably why it survived the devastating fire
of 1898. The second and third floors of this handsome building house apartments, while the first floor space is in between businesses, and is temporarily vacant.
The original Park City Hotel was built
to serve the newly wealthy, upper-class who had reaped the benefits of
their mining and ranching efforts. This very respectable hotel offered
fine meals, elegant decorum and friendly hospitality. When it survived
the wicked flames of the 1898 inferno, it gave the people hope that if
they built with the more expensive materials like brick and stone, they
also could be protected against being burned out again.
In 1913, it changed hands, becoming
known as The New Park Hotel, where all meals, including Sunday dinner,
were fifty cents. Throughout the years, it continued to offer great food,
hospitality and a nice place to stay for the night.
Though it looked like Park City was
going to become a ghost town, the ski industry and recreational businesses
began to revitalize the city and area, bringing patrons and a new owner
of the building, a family which renamed the business, The Claim Jumper
Hotel in 1973. With the discovery of the great places to ski in Park City
by many people, also came more hotels and resorts, which popped up at
an accelerated rate in time for the 1995 Winter Olympics. Needless to say, as of 2008, Park City has grown and prospered beyond the wildest dreams of the city fathers.
Sometime during this 22 year time
frame (1973-1995), The Claim Jumper Hotel no longer offered rooms for overnight stays,
but continued to be a great place for eating and enjoying the saloon.
Because of the huge success of this restaurant, the owners opened up two
other Claim Jumper Restaurants; One in Heber City and one in Saint George.
The Claim Jumper Steakhouse was located on the first floor, and
the restaurant's saloon was located in the basement. The restaurant had
the feel and look of an "elegant Old West hotel and saloon, with
Victorian-style wallpaper, dark wood trim, hard wood floors and high ceilings."
Both the locals and visitors loved
the casually elegant and friendly atmosphere, and the great menu offered,
which included fresh Utah Trout, huge Alaskan King Crab Legs, the catch
of the day, as well as a wide selection of tender and juicy steaks.
The Claim Jumper Steakhouse is no longer open, and its first floor space is vacant, as of early June of 2008. I am guessing that it couldn't compete with the newer, upscale eateries and restaurants which were built to please the new home and condo owners in town, the skiers in the winter and the recreation enthusiasts which visit Park City all year round.
Something new is planned for the first floor. Tom and I peeked in the windows, and saw evidence of remodeling taking place. In this growing community, this building is in a prime spot, right in the heart of downtown. The new tenants of this first floor space will probably have spectral company to help them out in their new venture.
The living aren't the only ones
who love the place. Perhaps this entity is a former owner or guest, keeping
an eye on the living.
* A friendly presence is felt by
* An apparition is seen by staff
and guests, just out of the corner of their eyes.
* Doors open and close by themselves.
* Foot steps are heard going up
and down the stairs.
* Items are rearranged in a different
order, than left by staff.
* Candles have been known to re-light
themselves, while the TV in the basement saloon goes on and off by itself.
This entity is more than
willing to share the building with the living.