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

Silica Beds

Big Cottonwood Canyon Trail

 
 
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By Andrew Johnson, September 22, 2018
1. Silica Beds Marker
Inscription. In the foothills above Wasatch Boulevard, north of the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon, is an area that was known as the “Silica Beds.” In 1910 the Utah Fireclay Company opened a mine at that location. Silica and clay were needed to make the bricks used to line the furnaces of the smelters. The mine owners built an aerial tramway that extended about 1½ miles to a place near the canyon road where the ore was loaded onto trucks and taken to a plant to be made into bricks and furnace linings. The mine was eventually abandoned with the discovery that the silica contained too much iron ore, causing the bricks to be of poor quality.
 
Erected 2013 by Cottonwood Heights Historic Committee.
 
Location. 40° 37.696′ N, 111° 48.087′ W. Marker is in Cottonwood Heights, Utah, in Salt Lake County. Marker can be reached from Big Cottonwood Canyon Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. The marker is on the Old Mill Bike Path approximately 475 feet southeast of the parking lot at Old Mill Park. Marker is in this post office area: Salt Lake City UT 84121, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tithing House (within shouting distance of this marker); Ern and Molly Green Cabin
Silica Beds Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Johnson, September 22, 2018
2. Silica Beds Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Mining (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cedar Tree (about 400 feet away); Granite-Butler Church (about 500 feet away); South Butler School (approx. 0.2 miles away); Agriculture (approx. mile away); Welcome to the Cottonwood Heights Historic Walk (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cottonwood Heights.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 27, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 23, 2018, by Andrew Johnson of Salt Lake City, Utah. This page has been viewed 37 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 23, 2018, by Andrew Johnson of Salt Lake City, Utah. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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