City Creek Canyon lies directly north and then runs northeast from Salt Lake City to the ridge-line of the Wasatch Front. It is divided into two separate and individually accessible areas. The lower canyon and the upper.
The lower canyon is a veteran's memorial park locally known as Memory Grove (Identified as "Memory Park" on Google Maps). A number of statues and monuments as well as the old Memorial House are located in this part of the canyon. This area is a favorite for walkers and perfect for quiet meditation. A paved road runs the length of Memory Grove, (just over a mile) but vehicles are no longer allowed in this portion of the canyon except by special permit.
Access to Memory Grove is by way of North Canyon Road.
North Canyon Road be reached by starting at the intersection of North Temple and State Street in downtown Salt Lake City. At this intersection North Temple, a two-way street going west, becomes a one-way street, 2nd Ave., going east. Travel east 1/2 block from State Street on 2nd Ave., then turn Left (North). Proceed one block north to 3rd Ave. Stop at the stop sign. Cross Third Ave.. Continue north and you are on North Canyon Road. The gate at the south end of Memory Grove is just beyond this point. Limited parking is available on the streets outside the gate.
While Memory Grove has no real tie to Utah mining history, if you have the time, it is well worth the stop.
Now, for the area that does tie to Utah's mining history, the upper part of the canyon.
The area above Memory Grove, is the area commonly referred to and known today as the beginning or entrance to City Creek Canyon. This is the area we will be exploring. It begins just north of Memory Grove and is accessible only by way of Bonneville Blvd., a one-way street that travels from the Avenues area on the east rim of the canyon to the State Capitol building on the west rim of the canyon.
Bonneville Blvd. is a one-way street that begins at the intersection of "B Street" and "11th Avenue".  This location is two city blocks east and eleven blocks north of the intersection of State Street and South Temple Street in Downtown Salt Lake City.

The upper canyon is a favorite of walkers, hikers and bikers and has been for decades. Development in the canyon has been limited since the earliest of pioneer times when the canyon was deemed a precious natural resource by then Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon) church president Brigham Young.
Water from the canyon provided not only drinking and irrigation water for the city, but also provided power for early grain mills. Some logging took place from 1847 to the early 1850's to help in building early crude cabins, but for the most part little development was ever allowed or encouraged in the 1850's and 1860's. This would all change by the 1870's.
Excitement of the rich finds in Bingham Canyon, Ophir Canyon, and Little Cottonwood Canyon had prospectors searching everywhere, including City Creek. It wasn't long before claims were located, and those claims were being worked with vigor.
The battle for City Creek was on. The Salt Lake City Council would protest and discourage any development of the "mining kind" especially would-be cities, for fear that the activity would polute the water among other things.
Like it or not, the mining did happen, and the Adams Mining District was organized in so to the small town that would be called Modoc City, and the even smaller one Hangtown.