Silver ore was first discovered here in 1864. By 1873 there were 26 saloons in town. The town was called Alta because of its altitude. The population was upwards of 5000 people at times. The mines ran out and by 1895 the town was a ghost. A few of the mines were re-opened again in 1904 and worked until 1936. The old town sight of Alta is now a ski resort. Boiler Basin got its name because of a boiler that was left there after a train crash. Most people think that the train crash was the end of the train service in Alta but that is not true. A car was converted to run the cog railway line to transport people to Alta after the train crash.