George H. Watson  (deceased)

Year Inducted: 1969

Born:  April 30, 1892    MI

Died: March 31, 1952  Salt Lake City, UT

George Watson was a prospector who was drawn to the silver mining camps near Salt Lake City in the 1920s.  During that time he assembled nearly 80 mining claims over hundreds of acres in  Little Cottonwood Canyon near Alta and as George Watson was a prospector who was drawn to the silver mining camps near Salt Lake city in the 1920"s. During that time he assembled nearly 80 mining claims over hundreds of acres in Little Cottonwood Canyon near Alta and as pepole left found himself to be one of its last residents. He believed that there was potential for skiing in the area and an opportunity to capitalize on the growing public interest in the sport.

However, he was carrying a considerable load of debt on back taxes owed for the claims he owned. In 1937 he turned his 80 claims comprising 1800 acres of land over to the U.S. Forestry Service, a move which freed him of his debts and opened up the opportunity to establish the Alta Ski Area in 1939.left found himself to be one of its last residents.  He believed that there was potential for skiing in the area and an opportunity to capitalize on the growing public interest in the sport.

However, he was carrying a considerable load of debt on back taxes owed for the claims he owned.  In 1937 he turned his 80 claims comprising 1800 acres of land over to the U.S. Forestry Service, a move which freed him of his debts and opened up the opportunity to establish the Alta Ski Area in 1939.

He remained there until his death, a colorful character and pioneer.  

  


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