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Near Lander in Fremont County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

The Atlantic City Project

The Iron Ore Boom and Bust

 
 
The Atlantic City Project Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 28, 2013
1. The Atlantic City Project Marker
Inscription. The hills of the Sweetwater Mining District hold various minerals, and beginning in the 1960s, iron ore mining provided an economic boom for the area. In 1960 the U.S. Steel Corporation broke ground on the nation's highest open pit iron ore mine at 8,300 feet above sea level. By the spring of 1963 the complex was in full swing. Employees operated an open pit mine, an ore crushing and screening facility, a concentrating plant and water storage and handling system, and storage, loading, and shipping facilities.
     A Union Pacific Railroad spur carried the processed ore to Winton Junction, ten miles north of Rock Springs, where it connected with the main line and rolled to the Geneva Steel Works in Provo, Utah and was converted into a variety of high-grade steel products. The mine produced more than 90 million tons of iron ore by the time U.S. Steel closed the mine in the spring of 1984, effectively busting the iron ore industry in this region.
 
Erected by Wyoming Historic Mine Trail and Byway System.
 
Location. 42° 31.505′ N, 108° 45.545′ W. Marker is near Lander, Wyoming, in Fremont County. Marker is on Wyoming Route 28 1.1 miles north of Louis Lake Road, on the right when traveling
Close-up of Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 28, 2013
2. Close-up of Photo on Marker
Caption: The Atlantic City Project, photo courtesy of the American Heritage Center
south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lander WY 82520, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gold Flakes to Yellowcake Historic Mine Trail (here, next to this marker); Fort Stambaugh, 1870-1878 (approx. 1.9 miles away); Miners Delight: The Boom’s Broken Promises (approx. 2 miles away); Atlantic City: Surviving the Bust (approx. 2.5 miles away); South Pass and South Pass City (approx. 3.4 miles away); The Carissa Mine: Cycle of Boom and Bust (approx. 4 miles away); South Pass City: Wyoming’s Biggest Gold Boom and Bust (approx. 4 miles away); Esther Hobart Morris (approx. 4.4 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Gold Flakes to Yellowcake Historic Mine Trail Brochure. (Submitted on July 25, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNatural Resources
 
The Atlantic City Project Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 28, 2013
3. The Atlantic City Project Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 364 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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