Oak City Nearly Hosted the A-Bomb Project
Oak City in Millard County, Utah, was the search director’s first choice for the atomic weapons laboratory. Maj. John Dudley of the Manhattan District Staff was assigned to survey the West and find potential sites for an atomic laboratory in October 1942. His first choice for the laboratory site was Oak City, Utah, according to the Los Alamos history. “It was a delightful little oasis in south central Utah,” Dudley wrote. “The railroad was only 16 miles away over a nice, easy road. The airport was not too distant. The water supply was good. It was surrounded by hills, and beyond there was mostly desert. However, I noticed one thing: If we took over this area we would evict several dozen families and we would also take a large amount of farm acreage out of production.”
Because of the potential loss of farmland, Dudley recommended his second choice — Jemez Springs, New Mexico. In the end, Dudley’s choice was overruled by J. Robert Oppenheimer, a physicist and the scientific director of the Manhattan Project. He favored Los Alamos
Richard Maynes, a member of the Quorum of the Seventy in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Just 12 miles northwest of town is the Wilberg Mine, the site of a mine fire on 19 December 1984 which claimed 27 lives: 18 miners and 9 company officials. The disaster was the worst coal mine fire in Utah history. The escape route of the 27 persons was cut off when the fire quickly engulfed the intake of the 5th Right longwall. The fire was caused by a faulty air compressor, which was allowed to run unattended in an area that was not fire-proofed
Additionally the city is the main location of the United States’ largest independent film festival, the Sundance Film Festival, home of the United States Ski Team, training centre for members of the Australian Freestyle Ski Team, the largest collection of factory outlet stores in northern Utah, the 2002 Olympic bobsled/skeleton/luge track at the Utah Olympic Park, and golf courses. Some scenes from 1994’s Dumb and Dumber were shot in the city. Outdoor-oriented businesses such as backcountry.com, Rossignol USA and Skullcandy have their headquarters in Park City. The city has many upscale luxury retailers, clubs, bars, and restaurants, and has nearby reservoirs, hot springs, forests, and hiking and biking trails. Park City is also the original home of the Mrs. Fields Cookies chain.
In 2008, Park City was named by Forbes Traveler Magazine among one of the 20 ‘prettiest towns’ in the United States. It continues to be published in top ski and adventure magazines across the world
Ted Bundy: Serial Killer (Summit Park)
Bill Engvall: Blue Collar comedian
Stein Eriksen: 1952 Olympian, director of skiing at Deer Valley Resort.
Bud Feltman: 1964 Olympian, former VP of Scott and Smith USA
Edward J. Fraughton: Sculptor, Inventor
John W. Gallivan: publisher of The Salt Lake Tribune from 1960 to 1984
Tanner Hall: freestyle skier
George Hearst: founder of the news dynasty
Michael Jordan: Hall of Fame Basketball Player
Jim Nantz: Sportscaster
Thomas Kearns: U. S. Senator, 1901–1905
Ted Ligety: Olympic Gold Medal Skier
Harry Reems: 1970s porn star
Barry Sims: NFL offensive lineman for the San Francisco 49ers, graduated from Park City High School
John Terry : Actor known for playing Christian Shephard on Lost
Roger J. Traynor: Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court
Tom Wallisch : freestyle skier
Bryon Wilson : 2010 Olympic bronze medalist.
Treat Williams: Actor known for playing Dr. Andrew Brown in Everwood
Scott Wolf: Television and film actor best known for playing Bailey Salinger on Party of Five
John Schnatter: American businessman and founder of Papa John’s Pizza
Singer-songwriter Josh Kelley and actress Katherine Heigl were married in Park City on December 23, 2007.
I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer was filmed in Park City.
Everwood was shot in Park City.
Scenes from Dumb and Dumber were filmed in Park City.
Daddy Day Care was filmed in Park City
One Tree Hill filmed one episode there, season 7 episode 22.
More than $400 million worth of silver ore was mined in Jupiter Peak, creating 23 millionaires, including U.S. Senator Thomas Kearns (Utah), an owner of the Silver King Coalition Mine, The Salt Lake Tribune and the San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad; and George Hearst, father of William Randolf Hearst founder of the Hearst newspaper dynasty.
Johnny Tsunami, a Disney Channel TV movie, was filmed in part on Main Street.
Alma Richards – Utah’s first olympic gold medalist, grew up in Parowan. Richards won the High Jump in the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm, Sweden. His last request was to be buried in his hometown of Parowan, where his remains currently reside in the Parowan cemetery. Parowan High School’s track and football stadium is named Alma Richards Stadium where a memorial is placed in his honor.
Ryan Tripp – Guinness Book of World Records holder from 1998 to 1999 for World’s Longest Lawnmower ride. In 1997 Tripp set out from Salt Lake City and rode 3,116 miles (5,015 km) on his riding lawnmower, finishing in Washington D.C. Tripp also raised over $15,000 for a little girl’s kidney transplant. In 1999, Tripp traveled to the capital city of all 50 states, raising awareness for Organ and Tissue Donation and mowed the Governor’s Mansion with every state governor.
Scott M. Matheson – Governor of Utah from 1977 to 1985.
Payson is where most of the 1984 hit movie Footloose was filmed, in settings such as Payson High School and “Sudsie”s’, an old and local car wash. The town is also a film favorite for seminary videos filmed by the LDS Church. The popular Mormon film Baptists at our Barbecue was also shot on Payson’s historic Main Street. Most recently, Payson was used to film most of the Disney Channel movie Hatching Pete.
The city is known for being the birthplace of singer-songwriter Jewel. Payson was the setting of the 1975 children’s movie Banjo the Woodpile Cat. It tells of a cat who leaves his woodpile home on his owner’s farm for the urban life of Salt Lake City and then returns to Payson with his new and old friends. Several Disney movies and some LDS films have been filmed in the historic Payson area.