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Sandy in Salt Lake County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Mingo Smelter

 
 
Mingo Smelter Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dawn Bowen, June 19, 2007
1. Mingo Smelter Marker
Inscription.  The Mingo Smelter was the largest single producer in Utah of metals such as gold, silver, and lead. When it began in 1873, it was known as the Mountain Chief Smelter and was renamed the Mingo smelter in 1876 when it was expanded. By 1881 it produced 19,000,000 pounds of unrefined metal which was shipped to Pennsylvania. The rich ores came from Little Cottonwood Canyon, Bingham Canyon and Lark and provided work for 500 to 1,200 men. Power for the smelter was provided by water traveling through a network of canals to Allsop’s Pond on the south side of Locust Street. From there, it was channeled through wooden pipes to Mingo. In 1877 the plant consisted of Blake crusher, one pair of Cornish rolls, two reverberatory furnaces for ore, matte, and flue dust, three blast furnaces, two boilers, three blowers, and one 35 horsepower horizontal engine. The iron flux came from the Tintic District, the limestone was bought in Salt Lake City, and the fuel used was coke.

Using all four of its furnaces, the Mingo Smelter could produce enough metal to fill sixteen railroad cars each week. It was destroyed by fire in 1887 and was rebuilt in 1888.

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Mingo closed in April 1901 when the ores were depleted. This was one of the most successful of the old smelters that operated in Utah.
 
Erected 1993 by Daughters of Utah Pioneers. (Marker Number 470.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of Utah Pioneers series list. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1901.
 
Location. 40° 35.271′ N, 111° 53.35′ W. Marker is in Sandy, Utah, in Salt Lake County. Marker is on 9000 South (State Highway 209), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 50 E 9000 South, Sandy UT 84070, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mary Ellen Parmley House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Sandy Tithing Office (approx. 0.4 miles away); Church Takes Root in Sandy / Early Sandy Schools (approx. half a mile away); Amos and Ida Jensen House (approx. half a mile away); Niels & Mary Ann Thompson House (approx. 0.7 miles away); John & Johanna Anderson House (approx. 0.7 miles away); Sandy-Alta Railroad (approx. 0.7 miles away); John & Elizabeth Oldham House (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sandy.
 
Ore car image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dawn Bowen, June 19, 2007
2. Ore car
Marker and ore car image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dawn Bowen, June 19, 2007
3. Marker and ore car
Mingo Smelter Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dawn Bowen, June 19, 2007
4. Mingo Smelter Marker
Donor plaque on ore car image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dawn Bowen, June 19, 2007
5. Donor plaque on ore car
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 25, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,072 times since then and 20 times this year. Last updated on September 15, 2010, by Bryan R. Bauer of Kearns, Ut 84118. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 25, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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