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Near East Carbon in Carbon County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Rock Asphalt

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, September 30, 2018
1. Rock Asphalt Marker
Inscription.  Rock asphalt was first mined at the top of Whitmore Canyon - 15 mi. NE of this location - in the early 1890's. The mine closed in 1898 & re-opened in 1903. It operated erratically until 1915 when it was forced to close due to the development of sheet asphalt. In 1927 another Co. tried to develop a rock asphalt industry. They spent over 1/2 million dollars on equipment including a 3 1/2 mile gravity powered aerial tramway. To promote the use of rock asphalt for paving, it was sold for $8.00/ton even though production costs exceeded $16.00/ton. This Co. went bankrupt in 1931 and the Rock Asphalt Co. of Utah took over in 1932. The mine operated only about 2 months out of the year & eventually closed. Interest was rekindled in the 1970's but nothing ever developed.
 
Erected 1993 by E. Clampus Vitus, Matt Warner Chapter 1900.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EnvironmentIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1898.
 
Location. 39° 31.556′ N,
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By Bill Kirchner, September 30, 2018
2. Rock Asphalt Marker
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110° 34.332′ W. Marker is near East Carbon, Utah, in Carbon County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 6 and Utah Route 123, on the right when traveling north on U.S. 6. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: East Carbon UT 84520, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Settlement of East Carbon (a few steps from this marker); Jefferson Tidwell (approx. 8.7 miles away); Pioneer Cabin (approx. 8.7 miles away); Woodside / Price River Ranches / D & RGW Narrow Gauge (approx. 10.9 miles away).
 
Rock Asphalt Marker <i>is on the left</i> image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 30, 2018
3. Rock Asphalt Marker is on the left
Settlement of East Carbon Marker is on the right.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 12, 2020, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 12, 2020, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.

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